Barbara Ficarra, RN

Bio

Sharecare editorial advisory board member, and health educator, Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and a featured writer for The Huffington Post. She is the founder of Healthin30.com, which offers health news and advice from a nurse’s perspective. Barbara is an international speaker and she is on the front lines of health care as a registered nurse and a leading voice in health offering practical advice focusing on patient engagement and empowerment, health care social media, health IT, digital technology, (mHealth-mobile health, gamification, telemedicine), doctor|nurse team and healthy living. Barbara began her broadcasting career in radio as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning Health in 30® radio show, which brought listeners the latest health information and featured renowned health and wellness guest experts. Barbara is a contributor to many health sites, is frequently quoted and featured by numerous media outlets, and has appeared on FOX News Live. You can watch her on Sharecare in dozens of Health Smarts videos, in which she delivers her trademark brand of advice: simple, practical and trustworthy tips to help people take charge of their health and feel their best. Barbara received a Broadcast Journalism Award of Excellence for Health in 30® from the American College of Emergency Physicians. The winning program, “Ins and Outs of the ER,” explained what patients should expect in the ER and explored the challenges created by crowding. In 2011, Healthin30.com was voted Best Health Blog by Healthline. Barbara was a board member for the National Association of Medical Communicators and served on the Academy of Judges for the International Health and Medical Media Awards. She was invited by Microsoft to judge a series of innovative technology entries for the Imagine Cup 2012. She served as faculty for the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conferences, has taught classes in media broadcasting, and is a team member for one of TEDMED’s 20 Great Challenges, Improving Medical Communication. Currently she is president of Barbara Ficarra Productions, LLC, and is a consultant, moderator on panels and webinars, and media trainer. She speaks internationally on healthcare issues, focusing on professional development, patient engagement and empowerment, social media, and digital technology, including mHealth (mobile health), gamification, health apps, telemedicine and telehealth, leveraging her experience as former senior director of clinical affairs for a telehealth company. She is also an administrative supervisor at a large university medical center, where she covers multiple medical and surgical units, critical care, oncology, cardiology, the psychiatric unit, women’s and children’s services and the emergency trauma department. She always encourages patients and their families to be proactive and take charge of their health. Her professional affiliations include the Association of Health Care Journalists, New York Women in Communications, Microsoft Health Users Group, HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society) and American Telemedicine Association.

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nursing:

    THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The nation's supply of registered nurses has been growing faster than expected, largely because baby boomers in nursing are working longer than ever before, according to a new study.

    Due to both the delayed retirement of experienced nurses and a...Full Article

  • Whether you’re visiting your doctor or you’re a patient in the hospital, having a health care advocate (or patient advocate) with you is a great idea.  Let’s face, visiting your doctor or being a patient in a hospital can be very scary and overwhelming.  Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.  Having someone...Read More
  • There are specific questions you should ask your doctor, however before you even visit your doctor, make sure you write your questions down in a notebook.  By writing down your questions in advance you won’t leave without the answers you need. 
    Here are a few questions to ask your doctor:
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  • Barbara Ficarra, RN has posted a blog entry:
    "The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy." These are heartfelt words by award-winning actress Meryl Streep.

    Do we all have...Full Post
  • via Twitter/@BarbaraFicarra: Equipped For Empathy? http://huff.to/1pJn7yn
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatrics Nursing:

    MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With higher rates of illness but fewer adult children to care for them, many of America's baby boom generation may find themselves unable to pay for the nursing home care they need, a new study warns.

    Already, a growing number of older Americans a...Full Article

  • via Twitter/@BarbaraFicarra: Love this! "Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticising" By @richardbranson
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gerontology:

    TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five Medicare patients are victims of medical injuries that often aren't related to their underlying disease or condition, according to new research.

    The injuries included: being given the wrong medication, having an allergic reactio...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bloodstream infections -- also known as sepsis -- occur in about 10 percent of hospital patients in the United States but contribute to as many as half of all hospital deaths, a new study says.

    The study was to be present...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nursing:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals an...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Next time you're in the hospital, keep an eye out for hygiene practices: Health care workers are more likely to wash their hands if patients are asked to monitor them, according to a new study.

    It details an 11-month pilot project at the Family P...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Critical Care Medicine:

    MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A stay in an intensive care unit can lead to muscle weakness that continues to cause significant physical limitations for up to two years later, according to a new study.

    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Sch...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1.1 million Americans are caring for veterans injured or disabled since Sept. 11, 2001, a new study reveals.

    Those caregivers include spouses, parents and friends. Many provide care without a formal support network and are putting their...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's important for people who look after stroke survivors to continue their own hobbies and interests because it helps keep them happy, a new study finds. And that's good for the patient, too, the author says.

    The study included about 400 famil...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Otolaryngology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the Netherlands say they've found a potentially important new use for a simple old device -- the "electronic voice box." It may help hospitalized patients who've lost the ability to speak because they need tubes down their throat to help th

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