Breaking News

About Us


There’s never been a better time for nurses to have a national media presence. With an 85% honesty and ethics rating from Gallup Poll’s annual ranking of how Americans view 21 major professions—nurses come out on top. And strong leadership is critical if the vision of a transformed health care system is to be realized.

Nurse Talk Radio is hosted by two smart, funny, sassy, political RN’s who proudly sport a collective sixty five years of service between them. With the good fortune of having great partners including National Nurses United, (the nations largest organization of nurses with over 185,000 members), Progressive Voices Tune In and many great supportive organizations and individuals—Nurse Talk Radio has been broadcasting for almost ten years.

For us, it’s simple. Healthcare is a right not a privilege and as such we, along with hundreds of thousands of nurses and doctors, are SINGLE PAYER Healthcare advocates, AND, over 66% of those living in the U.S. want to move to a Single Payer System.

And because nurses are on the front lines advocating for their patients every day— we support safe nurse to patient ratios, collective bargaining, workplace protections for nurses and healthcare workers, environmental health and safety protections for all.

Oh and one other thing. How does all of this serious stuff come together on the show? With great guests, progressive topics and discussions and a dose of humor!

Laugh, learn and listen…

an image of Casey

Casey Hobbs, RN Host & Co-Creator

Casey found her passion for nursing while in her early twenties and has been at it since then. For the past 37 years she has served her time and others in hospitals, homecare and hospice and is currently a Clinical Director for a large healthcare organization in Northern California. Casey has always maintained, “ laughter is the best medicine”. Her dream for Nurse Talk started while listening to two guys named Tom and Ray talk about cars on NPR.

an image of Shayne

Shayne Mason, RN, PMHNP, Co-Host

Shayne spent the early part of his career as a full-time touring musician, playing over 200 shows per year throughout the United States. He has over 16 years of experience working with the mentally ill in various capacities. Shayne is an RN, an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and maintains a clinical practice in San Francisco. He also trains NPs and PAs and consults for a large behavioral health company with facilities in 5 states. Shayne is adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco, where he did his undergraduate work before getting his MSN and NP certification from the University of California – San Francisco.

an image of Patricia

Patricia Lockard, Executive Producer

Patricia (Pattie) has been involved in theater, music, production and development for over 30 years. She has been an Entertainment Marketing Consultant for the past 20 years and is the owner/producer of Harmax Productions located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Harmax has multiple projects at various stages of development, including Nurse Talk.

an image of June

June Miller, Sound Design & Engineer

Our sound engineer extraordinaire has been awarded the prestigious Telly Award for the past 6 years for mixing and Audio Post. June’s most recent award, mixing the successful History Channel series, “Man, Moment, Machine.

an image of Donna

Donna Smith, Executive Director

Progressive Democrats of America has been active with PDA since 2007. She co-chaired PDA’s national “Healthcare Not Warfare” campaign, and she has spoken in 43 states, DC, Canada and Australia about the U.S. healthcare system and single-payer reform. Donna was also featured in Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film, SiCKO. Donna served most recently as executive director of the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation. She has been a guest on Bill Moyers’ Journal, CNN, Thom Hartmann’s show, CBS news, and numerous other programs. She blogs on PDA’s site,, Common Dreams, and DailyKos.