A conversation with “America’s Favorite Nurse”
Our guest for this episode is Alice Benjamin, a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as an author, podcast host, health advocate and a regular on-air medical contributor for CNBC, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, CNN and the BBC.
Alice’s career as a nurse was inspired by the death of her father from a heart attack when she was a child. Since then she’s been on a mission to educate and empower the public about the pursuit of health and wellness. Alice was the first nurse to chair the American Heart Association Health Equity Taskforce, as well as the first black nurse to serve on the California board of directors for the American Nurses Association.
Today she and Dan talk about her career, the portrayal of nurses in the media and patient safety. As a nurse who is still at the bedside and in the wake of the Randa Vaughnt case, this is a topic that Alice is particularly passionate about, and they get into the frequency of near misses in healthcare, why the “just get it done” culture of nursing is ripe for errors, and how nurses can engage with hospital leadership to help create a safer environment for everyone.
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The full transcript for this episode can be found here: http://www.trustedhealth.com/the-handoff-podcast/nurse-alice