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.

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neonatal Nursing:

    MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny preemies may fare better when newborn intensive care units (NICU) set up private rooms for parents to spend time with their infants, a new study finds.

    Researchers at one children's hospital found that preemies gained weight faster, were mor...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to emergency room waiting times, patients seeking care at larger urban hospitals are likely to spend more time staring down the clock than those seen at smaller or more rural facilities, new research suggests.

    "The experience of c...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cosmetology:

    (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are often faced with life-changing events, from the loss of loved ones to health problems.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help older loved ones cope with life changes:

    • Learn more about how people grieve, and understand t
    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cosmetology:

    (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are often faced with life-changing events, from the loss of loved ones to health problems.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help older loved ones cope with life changes:

    • Learn more about how people grieve, and understand t
    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pharmacology:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.

    Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkillers previously were sev...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Investigators with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say there's no evidence that any deaths at a Phoenix VA hospital -- the center of a nationwide scandal -- were caused by delays in care.

    A draft report from the VA's Office of Inspector Gen...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    Before you visit with your doctor, write down any questions you may have. By being prepared and organized, you will be able to communicate effectively with your doctor. Some general questions you may want to ask your doctor are:
    • What are the causes of my symptoms?
    • Will the symptoms go away? 
    ...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    When you get to the ER, you should tell the nurse the specific reason that you are there - and be honest!  This is called a ‘chief complaint’.  Let the nurse know what symptoms you have, when they began, and what may have affected them.
    The first nurse you will see is called a triage nurse.  The...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    In case of a medical emergency, it is a good idea to have your insurance card with you, plus an updated personal medical history and medication form.  This form should include:
    - A list of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take, including the name of the medication; the dosage,...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    You can avoid feeling rushed in the doctor’s office by being prepared, and by communicating clearly with your doctor.  Most doctors will welcome patients who are active in their health care. A doctor’s time is limited: the average office visit is estimated to last 15 minutes.   If you are prepared, you will...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    You can reduce your risk of getting the wrong medication by being engaged in your health care, and by being an active and empowered patient.  It is very important that you:
    • Understand your medications, their potential side effects, and whether they will interfere with any other medications or
    ...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    You can get the absolute best treatment from a hospital staff by being a respectful, polite, and assertive patient.  Communicate thoughtfully and respectfully with staff.  Speaking up and communicating needs to be continuous. Partner with your health care team.  Listen as they speak and formulate any...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    It is estimated that nearly 100,000 people die each year due to medical errors. There are some steps that you can take to help prevent these errors. It is important for you to be an empowered patient, becoming engaged in your health care with your practitioners. It is also important that you comm...Read More
  • 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

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    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