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Media Savvy Nurses & Minnesota Sun Flakes: A Recent Nurse Messenger Training Day

This post is by Barbara Glickstein, co-founder of CHMP. Barbara is a producer and health journalist for WBAI Radio – NYC, a consultant for various health care organizations including The American Nurse Project, and a force behind nurse messenger media & leadership programs, which she leads for nurses around the country. She tweets @bglickstein.

Photo credit: Cyphunk, Flickr Creative Commons.

Photo credit: Cyphunk, Flickr Creative Commons.

Snow in April would paralyze New York. But this was Minnesota, and snow with sunshine would never be an excuse for anything.“Unusual,” Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer said, but she and her students arrived earlier than the start time that Tuesday morning. They were eager to get media savvy, ready with ideas, all ears for the fourth annual nurse media training, “Media Relations: A Surprising Strategy in the Nurse Leader’s Toolbox Workshop,” sponsored by the Center for Spirituality and Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fourteen participants came prepared with a health issue they’d focus on and craft into key, media-ready messages. Topics reflected their clinical, educational and research expertise, many bringing long-time passions left on the back burner, revived in this unique training by myself and my colleague, Diana Mason.

Examples ranged from the use of integrative health therapies to reduce pain in children undergoing bone and blood marrow transplants, teaching self-care and mindfulness practices to school-age children to build resiliency and learn healthy coping skills, patient engagement in health care decision-making, digital trends in nursing, and the role of self-care for health care providers in improving patient outcomes.

We were invited back for our annual media training by Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Founder and Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing and co-director of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program in integrative health and healing, a collaboration between Nursing and the Center DNP program at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Dr. Kreitzer understands that media training is critical to leadership development for nurses. She’s a media maven, in addition to her penchant for commentary on the weather. Whenever the sun peaked out during the all-day media training, she’d alert me and point out the conference room window to the rays that peaked through the gray clouds. I joked with Kit Breshears, Communications Director at the Center for Spirituality and healing, and asked if the precipitation was a flurry of sun flakes, Minnesota style.

Happy to be indoors, the students were engaged, worked hard, and after only 20-minutes of team prep time, nailed their individual on-camera mock television interviews and mock press conferences. Delivered to participants-turned-journalists, the exercise is always a favorite culmination of our media training curriculum.

At the end of the workshop, we asked everyone to share a take-away.  “Developing key messages and using the message triangle. It’s going to help me with all my presentations, including one in class tomorrow night,” said a student participant, speaking about a concept that we use to teach message delivery. Another said, “It built my confidence in so many ways,” while others shared of plans to create a stronger online presence. Many shared appreciation for their new skill of crafting messages, “…on this issue[s] that I care a great deal about.”

They came ready, and with topics of interest. We trained them on message delivery, and walked them through how to develop their own media plans. Then Diana and I  asked them to commit to one post-workshop action. Commitment could include writing an op-ed, starting a blog, or reaching out to a reporter they follow to pitch a story idea to them.

Then one participant asked, “When’s the next Advanced Media Training Workshop scheduled?” A few more chimed in. “Yeah, when will you come back?” We laughed and looked over to our sponsors.“In June. When it isn’t snowing.”

For more information on Nurse Messenger Training, an evidence-based, industry-recognized program by nurse journalists with over twenty-five years in media and health care policy, please contact CHMP.

Celebrate Nurses Day With Stories: The American Nurse Screenings

The American Nurse Film LOGO

Nurses Day typically prompts the question – “What’s the point?” – among nurses. With flowers and bangles burdening both our professional image and our pride, it’s time we start asking ourselves -“How can we make it work?” Perhaps, as Shawn Kennedy, the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing, wrote in a blog post today, we need to start using Nurses Day as a launchpad for our stories.

Story-driven documentaries can change minds, attitudes and policies. Inspired by the nursing care she received as a cancer patient, acclaimed filmmaker Carolyn Jones created “The American Nurse” in hopes of bringing the reality of nurses’ work to the public. Showing in over 200 screenings nationwide tomorrow, the film documents the reality of what nurses do, without sugar-coating our work; one nurse off-roads to see patients, another wears a habit. The film is raw, real and dynamic.

Now, thanks to Carolyn and her work filming five professional registered nurses, we finally have a 21st century picture of what nursing in America truly is. Celebrate Nurses Day by attending a screening tomorrow, or watching our coverage of a post-screening panel with Carolyn that was filmed here in New York at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College on April 27, 2015.

Nurses working with people to live full lives and choose when to die


Today on Healthstyles host Barbara Glickstein interviews two nurses working with people to live their lives fully and supporting them to choose how they die.

Stephanie Hope, RN, Founder of Hope Holistic Wellness, is a Board Certified Nurse Coach working to foster holistic health in her community through individual and group wellness coaching. She is a hospice nurse who serves patients and families from a holistic perspective at the end-of-life.

You can hear the interview with Ms. Hope here: HOPERN

The second hour is a rebroadcast of my interview with Judith Schwarz, RN, MSN, Ph.D., a nurse expert in end-of-life issues. She retired from her position as the Clinical Coordinator of Compassion & Choices of New York and is now in private practice consulting with patients and their families on end-of-life decisions. On 11.17, reporterNick Tabor interviewed Dr. Schwarz for The Daily Beast “The Nurse Coaching People  Through Death by Starvation”

Listen to the interview here

You can also tune in to hear it live on Thursday, March 26th at 1 PM to Healthstyles on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City (

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners taking care of our kids #NAPNAPCONF


photocredit: Springfield Track and Field

photocredit: Springfield Track and Field

Since Tuesday, I’ve been attending the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) 36th annual conference on pediatric health. NAPNAP was the first professional society for nurse practitioners and is the professional home for more than 8,000 pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs). There are over 1500 PNPs attending this conference – including students eager to network with the most clinically advanced PNP leaders in their field.

There are acute care and primary care PNPs. I’ve sat in on conversations with PNPs who work in the most rural counties throughout America and heard what it’s like to be the sole provider of pediatric care to impoverished families living within a 300 mile radius. I met PNP hospitalists who work in neonatal intensive care units in major public hospitals in densely populated cities.


It can get lonely being a health care provider so this meeting not only provides them with access to clinical practice knowledge and updates on state-by-state Full Practice Authority legislation but connection to each other. They say it revitalizes them.

On today’s Healthstyles hear my interview with Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Dr. Chesney is the President of NAPNAP.  The discussion includes NAPNAP’s position and the status of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization currently in discussion in Washington and her leadership in changing archaic laws by passing state legislation on Full Practice Authority for NPs.

You can listen to the interview with Dr. Chesney by clicking here MCHESNEY

Kristi Westphaln, PNP, MSN, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and expert in trauma with over 15 years experience in the emergency room. Westphaln is passionate and compelled to speak out on something too many people don’t want to hear – that many pediatric head injuries are preventable. Pediatric head injuries may result in long term disabilities or even death. She’s on a mission and you can hear it in her crystal clear no-nonsense approach when she tells us simple age-appropriate injury prevention strategies.

You can listen to her interview here KWestphaln

Healthstyles is produced by the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College and can be heard Thursdays at 1 PM on WBAI Pacifica Radio in NYC at 99.5 FM and streamed live at

Healthstyles: HealthCetera, FierceforBlackWomen, Bedpan Confessionals

Tune in:

photo credit: Microsoft Lumia Conversations

photo credit: Microsoft Lumia Conversations

Barbara Glickstein hosts this week’s Healthstyles on WBAI Pacifica Radion 99.5 FM streamed at at 1PM to 2PM.
She opens with HealthCetera:
Hear her interview with Colleen A. Daniels, the Director of TB/HIV Project with the Treatment Action Group, an independent AIDS research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, a vaccine, and a cure for AIDS and its two major coinfections, TB and hepatitis C. She reports on the findings of the 2014 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005-2013.

“Collapsing pharmaceutical investment in a disease of global concern such as TB is alarming,” said Colleen Daniels, TAG’s TB/HIV project director. “Public and charitable institutions have matched and exceeded investments made by pharmaceutical companies in their own products, but it hasn’t been enough to keep industry involved. The current R&D model is broken and is failing TB patients, who have had to wait decades for better diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines to fight TB.”

In the second part of the hour she celebrates the first anniversary of‘s with co-founders Yanick Rice Lamb and Sheree Crute.
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This week’s Healthstyles ends with the first of a series of readings from the live recording of “The Bedpan Confessionals: Tall Tales of Truth By Nurses, For Everyone”.
Listen to the series here:

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