Episode 3 – Jen Ranney

For our third episode, we’d like to introduce you to Jen Ranney–she’s a leader in the Spokane community and we were honored to get to spend a few hours talking with her about leadership, management, and education. Jen is the current director of the Next Generation Zone in Spokane and we are so excited for you to meet her.

You’ll also be hearing a new voice on this episode; Trace Kerr has joined the Taking Her Lead team as a new co-host. She’s thrilled to be able to join in the conversation about women in leadership!

Show Notes:

Want to learn more about Jen Ranney? You should. Here’s her Linkedin.

Check out the Next Generation Zone!

The Next Generation Zone provides the young adults of Spokane County with a one-stop location for education, career skills training, and community and employment resources, in order to set them up for success in achieving their life and career goals.  We envision a thriving community where our region’s young adults are educated and prepared to become the workforce of tomorrow.


Episode 2 – Tina Bray

Hello listeners!  Welcome to Episode 2!  We get the privilege of interviewing Tina Bray this episode.  Tina Bray is the current Chief Nursing Executive of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA.  We talk about her leadership journey, needed changes in healthcare and how women are poised to lead those changes.  Leave comments as to your impressions!

Joshua, for the team.

Show Notes:

Applying Sutter Safe Care at California Pacific Medical Center

Roaming nurses helping the homeless in Sacramento, CA.

Pilot Episode – Patricia Littlejohn

We found, truly, a gem, for our first episode – the guest for our pilot – or, perhaps, the pilot for our first flight.

Patricia gives us her best!  What an inspiring listen this will be – it has been for Libby and I, both to participate in and listen to now.

Joshua, for myself and Libby, my friend and honored guest co-host.


Show Notes:

The missing link: using emotional intelligence to reduce workplace stress and workplace violence in our nursing and other health care professions

Dec 2012 – Patricia Littlejohn MBA, RN: J Prof Nurs. 2012 Nov;28(6):360-8. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.04.006.

Because of our poor emotionally intelligent responses and interactions, many nurses and other health care staff have become scarred emotionally from abusive, demoralizing, or hostile acts inflicted on one another. Rude, disruptive behavior among health care professionals can pose a serious threat to patient safety and the overall quality of care. The expectation of regulating bodies is that health care professionals focus on effects disruptive behavior has on a culture of safety for both patients and staff. Relatively recent research in training and development, and behavior change, specifically on emotional intelligence, suggests that it is possible to improve the emotional competence of adults. I posit it is possible to increase emotional competence to reduce health workplace stress and workplace violence.

Link to the entire published paper in Science Direct