EP 202: Enrich Your Personal Life With Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

EP 202: Enrich Your Personal Life With Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

Enrich Your Personal Life With Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

To enrich our lives means we must fill our body, mind, and soul with experiences that give meaning to our being. We must fill our lives with those that teach us to be better people and challenge us to become the person we want to be.

It also means we must overcome the obstacles in our lives with courage and determination. Of course, we all want a happy and fulfilled life, but how can we do that? What are our personal goals? And most importantly, how can we enrich our personal lives so we can also live our lives to the fullest?

In this episode, we want to introduce you to Dr. Terri Ann Parnell. Dr. Terri Ann Parnell is a nurse, a recognized health literacy expert, and an award-winning author.

She is the principal and founder of TAP Wellness Coaching and Health Literacy Partners. Her extensive nursing career incorporates hospital and health system management, administrative and leadership roles, and faculty roles in schools of nursing, medicine, and health care administration.

Questions for Our Guest

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  • Can you give us a little background about yourself? 
  • Why did you start TAP?
  • What do you think nurses and other healthcare professionals are lacking or needing? 
  • What are the five pillars of TAP, and how can they help healthcare professionals?
  • How can nurse change their nutrition?
  • How can nurses move more?
  • How can nurses sleep more soundly?
  • How can nurses practice self-care?
  • How can nurses build resilience? 
  • What changes should be implemented in healthcare or even a unit? 
  • If you could change one thing in healthcare, what would it be?
  • So many nurses are leaving the bedside; how can we get better retention?
  • Do you think there’s a nursing shortage, or do nurses not want to work bedside?

Ending Questions

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 



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Or check out their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/TerriAnnParnell 

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00:00 Introduction
01:53 About Dr. Terri Ann Parnell
05:02 What do nursing and healthcare professionals lack?
07:45 The challenging part of being the leader
09:42 Which sector of our healthcare system requires the most assistance?
12:01 What issues are hospitals facing today?
15:56 The 5 pillars of wellness
18:17 The most prevalent issue we all have
21:47 What you can do to address your sleep issue
26:29 Self-care practices you can do
28:22 Becoming a resilient nurse
31:45 How to find a balance between work and life
34:22 Building self-confidence
38:13 Dr. Terri’s desire for medical care
39:30 How Dr. Terri’s program works
44:49 Issues that frequently plague healthcare professionals
47:40 Wrapping up the episode



EP 96: The Challenges of Medicine Field Today with Dr. Nina Ahuja

EP 96: The Challenges of Medicine Field Today with Dr. Nina Ahuja

The Challenges of Medicine Field Today with Dr. Nina Ahuja

The challenges of medicine today are endless, and it seems impossible when you look at it. Fortunately, many men and women in the healthcare and medical field are risking their lives and doing everything to overcome them, so we can have better care.

In this episode, we introduce you to our guest Dr. Nina Ahuja. She is an ophthalmic surgeon who has earned numerous awards for excellence in surgical teaching and contributions to medical education & is also the author of Stress in Medicine. Dr. Ahuja is the Founder of Docs in Leadership, an organization she created to deliver leadership education to medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, nursing students, and fellow healthcare professionals.

Questions for our Guest

Questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic all the time so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

  • What made you decide to enter the Medical field? Why did you choose the ophthalmology route’?
  • You are certified in the emotional intelligence assessment. What is the influence of EI on job burnout and job performance? 
    • “Since emotional processing starts this sequence, learning to understand and manage our emotions is fundamental to managing stress, regardless of the trigger.”
  • What are the most common issues you see at your clinic and in the OR?
  • What have you seen as the most damaging comorbidity that affects the eye? Diabetes?
  • How important is eye health? Most of us take our eye health for granted and see our eye doctor once or twice a year. 
  • What is the most challenging aspect of medical school? Is it the stress, competition, or the amount of knowledge you need to know…? 
  • Your book Stress in Medicine was a best seller on amazon, and I love how it starts with one of Hippocrates’ quotes “Where the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love for humanity. What made you write a book about stress in the medical field?
  • One common issue that adds to the stress is time management. You’re a very busy person. How do you manage your time now and when you were in school?
  • Have you dealt with burnout? How can you prevent it?
  • What is ADMIT, and what made you create it? Can you go into each step?
    • Adapting
    • Doing
    • Measuring
    • Introspection
    • Transformation

One of the challenges in the medical field is we are responsible for breaking bad news to families; what advice can you give nurses and future MDs on talking with families?

Your current obsession is to make “Stress in Medicine” required reading for students of all healthcare professional programs upon entry – nursing, MD, EMS, etc. How are you working on this goal?

See what the challenges of the medical field today are by watching this full episode 👇👇👇


00:00 – Intro
00:35 – Guest introduction
01:05 – How Dr. Ahuja got into the medical field
02:12 – How emotional stress correlates
03:35 – How emotional intelligence develops
05:28 – Burned-out nurses
10:22 – Explaining the Acronym
16:23 – Eye Health
20:16 – Blue Light
21:51 – Eye Trauma
22:41 – Virtual Eye Care
24:56 – Virtual Reality
25:57 – Dachshund Leadership
29:47 – Common factors in poor leadership
33:47 – Nursing Culture
36:27 – Physician stress
41:57 – De-stressing
43:16 – Wrapping up the show