Nurses are generally regarded as being kind and compassionate. What is not generally recognized is their medical expertise and the vital and often primary role a nurse plays in providing quality health care. Yet it is this combination of compassion, understanding and medical expertise that makes nurses a perfect choice as advocates and educators in health care.
On the front lines of health care, a nurse is often the health professional responsible for providing continuous 24 hour care to those in need. Nurses not only care for patient’s physical needs but they treat their emotional needs as well. Working together with other health care professionals, the nurse is there to educate the patient regarding their continuing health care and preventive measures. However, our current system of health care is often reactive rather than pro-active. As experienced health care professionals, nurses are a perfect choice to lead the change in American health care by educating the public regarding proper health care and the prevention of illnesses.
As educated professionals, our knowledge and expertise should afford nurses the opportunity to inform the American public of vital health issues. It is imperative that nurses stand among the leaders in our nation’s health care system, yet it is crucial that nurses work in collaboration with physicians and other medical professionals in providing quality health care to the American public. Together we are strong with the respective strengths of physicians and nurses combining to care for the good of all patients “Healthcare Professionals Together for You.”™ So alongside the Surgeon General will stand a National Nurse, helping to lead the evolution of the nation’s health care system in the 21st century into one of education and prevention.
Nurses need to recognize that they are health experts and communicators. Health in 30™ a weekly live radio show is dedicated to the responsible sharing of health information with leading medical experts and it provides listeners with the latest medical news and information; it is educational, informative and entertaining. The philosophy of Health in 30™ is simple and two-fold. First, the primary goal is to educate the public about vital health topics, to encourage the public to take charge of their health and speak up on certain issues; and second it is to have all health care professionals, especially nurses “Speak Out” to encourage them to become the experts that they truly are. They have the opportunity to become involved in the media as experts, either as a guest on the radio show and/or as a writer for the website. Nurses need to be recognized as the true professionals they are. Nurses must step forward and advocate for the public.
Health in 30 ™ is on-air and online. Health in 30™ airs live every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST and it is broadcasted on WRCR AM 1300 Radio Rockland. Streaming live at Healthin30.com, click the WRCR logo to listen live, Health in 30 is there to provide listeners with health information with leading guest medical/health experts. Healthin30.com is the extension of the radio show. On Healthin30.com readers can get more in-depth information from the experts, listen to audio, sign-up for free newsletters, plus a lot more!
Health in 30™ and Nurses in Motion™ with Scribe Media continue the dialogue that nurses are professionals and excellent medical communicators. Peter Cervieri’s forward-thinking has allowed for nurses to flourish in the online/web media arena.
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Host/Producer of Nurses in Motion™ and Peter Cervieri, Producer Scribe Media recently addressed the issue of nurses in the political arena. Barbara Ficarra sat down for a candid interview with Keith Olsen RN, and advocate for National Nurse and Edith Brous, RN, JD medical malpractice attorney and active in legislation for Office of National Nurse.
The open dialogue and free-flowing interview style allows for viewers to understand the vital role of nurses in society today and the value for a National Nurse to stand strong next to the Surgeon General. Both nurses and doctors are vital medical communicators to educate the public.
- Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA