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“Welcome to Nurse Talk where laughter is the best medicine. I’m Casey Hobbs.”

“And I’m Dan Grady and we are two of the thousands of nurses on duty today.”

And so the show begins.

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Let’s take a little walk down memory lane and listen to some old stories we told when Nurse Talk was first on the air. We think they are at least amusing—funny? Well, that is in the eyes of the beholder! Not sure any of you remember RN and co-host Maggie McDermott. Maggie comes back to visit from time to time and she always has a story about a funeral she just attended or a “fender bender” that wasn’t her fault, or a souvenir from her latest trip to the Great Wall Of China, (where she, of course, most likely offended someone). Oh, we love our Maggie. You’ll hear she and Casey in the early days on this week’s show and you can check out more clips on our website at the Comedy Pharm.

Moving on—Lost for many observers in last month’s end-of-the-year hullabaloo was the annual Gallup Honesty and Ethics Survey which by a wide margin again ranked nursing as the most honest and ethical profession.The survey found that 84% of Americans believe that nurses have “very high” or “high” honesty and ethical standards. It marks the 11th straight year—and the 12th time in 13 years—that nursing led all professions in the survey. Gallup says the only time nurses haven’t topped the list since they were included in 1999 was in 2001 after the 9/11 terror attacks, when firefighters were No. 1.

RN and co-president of National Nurses United Karen Higgins is with us to talk more about the survey and what it means for the nurses, health care and social activism.

“We hold that trust as a sacred bond with our patients and our communities. Patients and their families expect nurses to fight for them at the bedside, even when it conflicts with the profit motive of far too many hospital managers, insurance companies, and others in the healthcare industry who put the bottom line above patient interest,” said Higgins in an article about the survey on the NNU web site.

Author, Joann Spears

AND we share a wonderful story from RN, writer JoAnn Spears. JoAnn has generously contributed some stunning blog posts about her life and career as a nurse. On a recent post she describes what she learned from a mute patient in a chronic psychiatric ward. She writes, “One night, I was working on charts at the nurses’ station when I felt eyes bearing down on me. Looking up, I found the patient with the blue eyes looking down at me. I asked him what he wanted, a rhetorical question with no answer expected.” We’ll talk more with JoAnn about her post, Behind Blue Eyes | A Life Lesson from a Patient.

And Casey and Dan get a few email questions that are…well…both about feet. Ever have an in grown toenail or a heel that hurts so bad you want to cry? All I can say is God love the people who have enough nerve to send in their questions! Remember—the nurses cannot prescribe, diagnose or treat and you should always consult your physician! Now that is something we NEVER leave out of the program.

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Remember, laughter is the best medicine.

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