Barbara Ficarra, RN


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, 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, 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.


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

    FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two cases of hepatitis C infection that occurred during routine surgeries highlight the need for hospitals to tighten infection control to prevent more transmissions, officials said Friday.

    In one case, two New Jersey patients (one of them had he...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedics:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they're discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates.

    "Our results suggest that the continuous efforts to decrease length of stay after major surgery is ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- At least 100 patients may have been exposed to medical devices contaminated with a "superbug" at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the devices are already believed to be responsible for seven serious infections, including two

    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some doctors' claims to the contrary, cancer patients rarely request unnecessary tests or treatments, a new study finds.

    Researchers surveyed 34 oncologists, 11 oncology fellows and 15 nurse practitioners immediately after visits with ca...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More community hospitals are giving a powerful clot-busting medication to stroke victims, improving their chances of survival and recovery, new research shows.

    These local hospitals are becoming more comfortable using the clot-busting drug tPA ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some loved ones who care for veterans with brain injuries may be at increased risk for chronic health problems, a new study indicates.

    "Traumatic brain injuries can result in devastating physical and cognitive [mental] im...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Care:

    MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have identified eight specific physical signs that strongly indicate that someone with advanced cancer is entering the last days of life.

    The investigators focused on telltale signs that a patient has, at most, just three days ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Shorter shifts for medical residents don't appear to be making any big improvements in doctors' fatigue levels or in patient care, new research shows.

    The study found that although doctors weren't less tired during their shortest shifts, an adverse...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    Since osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease and pain and swelling occurs in your joints, completely preventing knee pain while exercising may not be completely possible. There are a few measures you can take to try to relive the stress on your joints. To help relieve pain try to apply heat and cold....Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Long-term Care:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about one in two U.S. nursing home workers gets an annual flu shot, a new study says.

    "Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of contracting influenza," wrote the authors of the study in the February issue of the Am...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Transfusion Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood transfusion strategy developed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan looks like the best way to save civilians bleeding out from severe wounds, a new study reports.

    A blood transfusion "recipe" containing equal parts plasma, plat...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially harmful intravenous (IV) fluids are being given to too many patients with severe heart failure, a new study suggests.

    As researchers from Yale University explained, heart failure patients in the hospital typically receive drugs called d...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Advanced Practice Nursing:

    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delirium is a common and troubling symptom for critically ill hospital patients, and medications are often used to ease the condition. But a new study suggests that non-drug alternatives are available.

    According to the st...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that won't surprise many parents, a new government analysis shows that teens and young adults are the most likely to show up in a hospital ER with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

    Race was another factor that raised the ...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    While adult bicyclists are not required by state law to wear helmets, young riders are required to wear helmets in only 21 states and the District of Columbia. Whether your state requires you to wear a helmet or not, be smart and be preventive. Every time you and your children ride a bicycle, choose...Read More