Can Nurses Choose to Feed — and Not Eat — Their Young?

On episode 408 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews nurse leader and consultant Teresa Sanderson, RN, CCM, the founder of the Nurses Feed Their Young (NFTY) movement.

In the course of their conversation, Keith and Teresa discuss the concept of nurses feeding, rather than eating, their young, and why this is so crucial for the future of the profession. Keith and Teresa also discuss the importance of infusing the nursing profession with emotional intelligence in order to decrease burnout, increase nurse retention, and improve the patient experience.

A veteran RN and nursing leader with three decades of experience, Teresa Sanderson leads with authenticity and the heart of a servant. She believes nursing leadership is responsible for creating a culture and environment where nurses can succeed and practice with excellence. Teresa is working to transform nursing culture from one where nurses eat their young to one where nurses feed their young, She trains healthcare organizations, nursing leaders, and nurses on the skills of emotional intelligence, as well as values-based hiring, recruitment, and retention strategies. Sanderson is an author, speaker, nurse entrepreneur and homesteader.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. The podcast is adroitly produced by Rob Johnston of 520R Podcasting, and Mark Capispisan is our stalwart social media manager and newsletter wrangler.

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