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Post Election: Where Are We on Healthcare? RNs Jean Ross and Karen Higgins

RNs Jean Ross and Karen Higgins join us to talk about the recent elections, what the results mean to our country and respective states. Both Jean and Karen are full time RNs and also serve as two of the three co-presidents for National Nurses United. […]

Laughter. Blood Pressure. Jean & Karen. Horizontal.

This week we’re sharing a vintage clip of one our favorite funny ladies, Ellen Degeneres in her first appearance on the Johnny Carson to start you off with some chuckles.

And Casey offers scientific evidence that “laughter is the best medicine.” What happens when we laugh? We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues. In the last few decades, researchers have studied laughter’s effects on the body and turned up some potentially interesting information on how it affects us:

  • Blood Flow
  • Immune Response
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • Relaxation and Sleep

Just to test the affects on blood flow and blood pressure, Casey and Shayne conduct a very dangerous “on air” experiment. You won’t want to miss it.

Plus RNs Jean Ross and Karen Higgins on why you should be involved in patient advocacy beyond the bedside and Dr. Christina Purpora discusses horizontal violence among nurses. A message for new grads: It’s systemic. It’s NOT you. Read more…

RN Jean Ross Segment on the Robin Hood Tax

A Best of Nurse Talk interview originally broadcast May 19, 2012. We talk with one of our favorite guests RN and Co-President of National Nurses United, Jean Ross. Jean will tell us about the Nurses Assembly in Chicago where over 1200 nurses talked about everything […]

Alison Whitaker in Vital Signs

Coming Up on Nurse Talk: Dropping Acid. Vital Signs. Robin Hood.

Casey and Shayne check in with RN and playwright RN Alison Whitaker. Some of you may remember Alison was on the show last year introducing her one-woman play called, Vital Signs. It’s a great show and she opens in June at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. And if you are paying attention you can win two VIP tickets to Vital Signs.

And we talk with one of our favorite guests RN and Co-President of National Nurses United, Jean Ross. Jean will tell us about the upcoming Nurses Assembly in Chicago next week where over 1200 nurses will gather to talk about everything from healthcare to Medicare and beyond. The nurses will also hit the streets of Chicago in a peaceful demonstration to promote a Wall Street Transaction Tax.

And then..for you 60’s hippies…let’s talk about Dropping Acid! That’s right…but of course, not the kind you think. Dr. Jamie Koufman will be with us to talk about acid reflux and what you can do to control or cure it by simply changing your diet. Dr. Koufman has written a book called Dropping Acid, The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure. According to the book, acid reflux affects 30-50% of the population. You won’t want to miss this. Read more…

Barbara Taylor Vaughan

Our Hero Barbara. Other Side of the Pond. The Teen Doctor. Nurse Yoga.

For those of you who care to venture to our website blog—I encourage you to read the entries written by Barbara Taylor Vaughan. Barbara is 89 and in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. She started a Facebook page to help chronicle her illness and put a face on Alzheimer’s. Barbara hopes educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, families, caregivers. Her relationship with her daughter and caregiver, Missy, and her compassion and humor are inspirational. You can subscribe to her on Facebook where she has opened her page to offering advice to your questions about life and living with Alzheimer’s “from a little old lady.”

Check our Barbara’s latest entry Giggling and Watching the River | Alzheimer’s in the First Person

In Barbara’s words: “Well, I want to tell you, it has been a strange strange day. There is nothing so strange as making all your funeral arrangements and talking about your own death…” Read more…


While we were away patching cracks in the arctic glaciers, our producer dusted off a great show to share with you…or shall we say…re-share? An expert on teenagers, a social studies lesson, a little yoga…stuff everyone needs. Read more… You can listen on the air in Boston and San Francisco this weekend or online, right now, right here!