Nursing Unchartered Ep. 50 - Unlocking the Secret s of Effective Nurse Mentorship With Chuck Jankowski, Unstoppable RN

August 8, 2023

In this episode, we welcome Chuck Jankowski BSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN, CEN to the show. We discuss mentorship, advice for new grads, and how to best handle multiple scenarios every nurse faces.

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We Discuss

(0:00) Introduction

(5:41) How Chuck got started with his program

(13:11) Being a role model for new-grad nurses

(18:03) Making a plan and being organized

(30:24) Advice to new grads on teamwork

(34:05) Care clustering & charting

(38:20) Scenario 1: Working with unstable patients

(46:04) Scenario 2: Working with demanding families

(1:00:47) Scenario 3: Getting a new patient right before shift change

(1:09:10) How seasoned nurses can best help new grads

(1:15:00) Unstoppable RN Cruise


Chuck is an RN with over fourteen years of experience. He has worked in critical care, trauma, ED, and rapid response nursing. He is currently a nursing professional development instructor for his hospital system where he specializes in mentoring new grad nurses through their first year of practice.

As a nurse specialist in the US Dept. of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System, Chuck traveled throughout the country during the pandemic setting up crisis ICUs and providing critical care assistance for facilities that were overwhelmed by COVID. In these settings, he saw new grad and novice nurses in situations over their heads, without senior nurses to help them out. Many new grads are in a similar situation now, with the exodus of experienced RNs from the bedside.

Chuck developed the Unstoppable RN program to provide guidance, mentorship, and support to new grads as they make their transition from school to practice.

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Show Credits

Host – Maggie Reichard

Producer – Jonathan Cary

Assistant Producers – Katie Schrauben & Sam MacKay

Music – Aidan Dykes

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