Spring 2021

The Baldy Center Podcast

Episode 9: Jessica Castner, “Nurse-Initiated Protocols in Emergency Departments”

Jessica Castner: “Nurse-Initiated Protocols in Emergency Departments”.

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Episode 9 of The Baldy Center Podcast features Jessica Castner, a board-certified emergency nurse and an emergency nurse scientist. In 2014 she received a research grant from The Baldy Center, entitled, Complaint-Specific Protocols: Layers of Regulation and Emergency Nurse Scope of Practice.  In this podcast Castner discusses her current research and recent publication on nurse-initiated protocols in emergency departments, and offers perspective on policy and protocol impacts on pandemic emergency room care in hospitals.

Keywords: Health and Society, Health Policy, Regulation, Emergency Nursing, COVID-19, pandemic.

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Published January 27, 2021

Podcast reference article: Castner, Jessica and Lenore Boris (2020). State Law and Regulations Addressing Nurse-Initiated Protocols and Use of Nurse-Initiated Protocols in Emergency Departments: A Cross-Sectional Study. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice 0(0):1-11. doi.org

About the speaker

Jessica Castner , PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN

RESEARCH FOCUS: Emergency Nursing, Scope of Practice, Nurse Practice Act
Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN.

Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN

Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN, is the President and Principal Investigator/Consultant of Castner Incorporated, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Nursing. In addition to clinical nursing, her work includes entrepreneur, faculty, editor, and administrative roles. Her current research includes developing the next generation of telehealth and emergency care, with a special focus on healthy environments to prevent health emergencies. Castner’s accolades include recognition as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing and American Academy of Nursing for unique and enduring contributions to the specialty by pioneering the integration of environmental health research, emergency nursing, and data science mathematical modeling expertise. Board certified as Asthma Educator (AE-C) and emergency nurse (CEN), Castner earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Master’s in Public Health Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Marquette University. Castner has led organizational improvement initiatives to overcome barriers for women in science, advance diversity and inclusion, and enhance cultural competence for the combat veteran family. Castner lives with her partner and their sons in the Buffalo, New York area. She loves to read, bicycle, and spend time at the beach.

The real ethical quandary in the emergency department is over-crowding ... and you know the right thing to do, you're trained to do the right thing, and yet there is this legal prohibition that puts you in a difficult spot of either putting the patient first, or putting concerns about your legal liability in this prohibitive language first.” 
—Podcast, Episode 9, Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN

Jessica Castner: “Nurse-Initiated Protocols in Emergency Departments”.

2020-21 Podcast Producer

Azalia Muchransyah.

Azalia Muchransyah


Azalia Muchransyah is a filmmaker, writer, and scholar from Indonesia. In Spring 2021 she completed her PhD in Media Study. During her time as our podcast producer, she was a PhD Candidate in Media Study at UB. Muchransyah's research investigates the status of activist media, specifically for HIV advocacy in Indonesia. Her short films have been officially selected for screening at international festivals and academic conferences.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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