WSU nursing podcast features nurse experts sharing pathways to successful careers
Nightintales, a nurse-led podcast based at the WSU College of Nursing, is hosted by its creator and WSU Nursing professor, Dr. Jessica Spruit. Launched April 12, 2021, the interview-style podcast invites fellow nurses to share their inspiring stories with listeners and celebrates the power of the nurse in every setting.
Consistently named as the most trusted profession, nurses provide patient care in a variety of settings, leadership, innovation, research, education, interventions to promote wellness and restore health, and more. Nurses play a unique and critical role in every aspect of health care.
After teaching an undergraduate nursing course in which she invited nurses from several fields to give brief overviews of their roles to her students, Dr. Spruit recognized the need to share stories and nurse experts with a much wider audience. This experience, coupled with the influence of her mother, a passionate registered nurse who is deeply committed to the profession, helped Dr. Spruit realize the breadth of opportunities within the nursing profession. She felt compelled to help empower future generations of nurses to find their own passion. Dr. Spruit hopes to draw an audience that ranges from nursing students to experienced nurses looking to expand their career as well as community members interested in learning more about nursing.
In a time when the demand for nurses has never been higher, and the exit rate from nursing is also too high, the podcast serves as a platform for nurses to share their unique pathways to their current expert nursing role. Interviewees represent all levels of nursing education from BSN prepared nurses to MSN and DNP advanced practitioners to PhD prepared nurse scientists. Guests on the podcast are experts across the continuum of nursing care.
About the host of Nightintales: Jessica Spruit, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, CPHON, BMTCN
Dr. Spruit is a Wayne State College of Nursing Assistant Professor (Clinical). She is also the college’s Graduate Specialty Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Specialty. Her research interests include the role/utilization of palliative care services in pediatric oncology and adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer. Dr. Spruit’s clinical areas of expertise include pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and pediatric palliative care.