This week we’re talking with Brynn O’Donnell, an Advanced Practice Nurse with a podcast called Let’s Review RN. Brynn shares what nurses learn about diabetes in nursing school and what it’s like to view type 1 diabetic patients through the lens of nursing.

A few highlights Brynn talks about:

  • What it looks like treating diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) from the nurse’s perspective
  • What nursing school teaches nurses about nutrition for people with type 1 diabetes
  • The meaning of burnout to herself, as a cardiology nurse with diabetic patients

Meet Brynn O’Donnell

Brynn O’Donnell is an Advance Practice Nurse (APN) and professor. Brynn’s specialty is cardiology.

She’s the host of Let’s Review RN, a podcast designed for nursing students or any individual who would like to expand their knowledge and create a solid understanding of adult health and pharmacology.

You can find Brynn on Instagram @letsreviewRN and her website,

Wins & Fails

Colleen’s Win: I got 5 days out of a site. I didn’t do it on purpose, but since I’m using so little insulin right now I was able to go a lot longer than usual before changing it, and my numbers didn’t rise as much as they usually do when I go long on sites.

Jessie’s Fail: Jessie got her “schooling-at-home” schedule and thinks the school didn’t do a very good job. Long hours at a desk aren’t good for anyone!

Tip of the Week

The hack this week is to become friends with the nurses in your endocrinologist’s office if they have a nursing staff. When I went to my pediatric endocrinologist, there was a team of nurses that I got to know really well and I was always excited to see them. The nurses there made the visits more enjoyable.

Now It's Your Turn...

What has your experience been with RNs as a type 1 diabetic? Do they ask you high-quality questions? Do they take care of you how you need to be taken care of?

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