Barbara Ficarra, RN


Sharecare editorial and advisory board member, health educator, Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, is an award-winning broadcast journalist, a featured writer for The Huffington Post and contributor to Dr. Oz. She has been featured in Real Simple Magazine, TED Blog, HIMSS and Latin Trends Magazine, to name a few. Barbara is a health and lifestyle expert, and HEALTH DESIGNER™. She is the founder of, a lifestyle destination site that helps people live a happier, bolder, healthier and more stylish life. Barbara explores the intersection of design, health, tech, art and travel. "Design Your Healthy and Happy Life." Barbara also explores the relationship between interior design-the home and healthy living. Living well and taking care of yourself doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul; simple actions can have a big impact – you don’t have to change everything--Barbara shows people how small tweaks will do the trick. She helps design ways to help people live healthier lives and empowers people to design their own healthy lifestyles. She is also the founder of, which offers health news and advice from a nurse’s perspective.

Barbara is an international speaker. She presents on the latest trends in health and health care issues focusing on professional development, healthy living and wellness, patient and consumer engagement and empowerment, social media, digital technology, including mhealth-mobile health, health apps, gasification, telemedicine, telehealth, leveraging her experience as former Senior Director of Clinical Affairs at Numera. She has presented at the Cleveland Clinic, Scripps, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, HIMSS So Ca, and HIMSS Arkansas, PIAA in Amsterdam, Ivey Global Health Care Conference in Canada, Cayman Islands Health Care Conference, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, e-Patient Connections Conference, Novartis, and BlogHer to name a few. She is on the front lines of health care as a registered nurse at a university trauma medical center and she is a leading voice in health offering practical advice focusing on healthy living, wellness, patient engagement and empowerment, health care social media, health IT, digital technology, (mHealth-mobile health, gamification, telemedicine), and doctor|nurse team. She is on the advisory board at the University of San Francisco for the Master of Science in Health Informatics.

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 her TV appearances include: FOX News, NBC, ABC, CBS, FIOS, and WMCN. Barbara contributes to radio at Working Mom Magazine Radio, Greater Media Radio, Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio, Cayman Islands Radio News, to name a few. You can watch her on YouTube (Barbara Ficarra) where some of her TV appearances are housed. She is also in Sharecare's 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 former 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 she is a consultant, mentor, moderator on panels and webinars, writer and TV and Radio personality. She is also an administrative supervisor at a large university medical center, where she covers multiple medical and surgical units, critical care, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, 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.

Currently, her professional affiliations include the Association of Health Care Journalists, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, Advisory Board at the University of San Francisco and Sharecare. For more info, please go to


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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a mammogram will feel uncomfortable for most women, and it may be painful for some women. To quote the CDC: “What you feel depends on the skill of the technologist, the size of your breasts, and how much they need to be pressed. Your breasts...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients battling advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, meaning they can't make informed decisions about their care, a small new study suggests.

    "These were people with highly lethal metastatic cancers that...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Nursing:

    MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Every school should have at least one full-time registered nurse, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement says.

    "School nursing is one of the most effective ways to keep children healthy and in school ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Midwifery Nursing:

    WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who've had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn.

    The finding stems from an analysis of roughly 2.4 million full-term births between 2007 a...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care that's offered soon after a terminal cancer diagnosis can also help caregivers, a new study indicates.

    "This study suggests that early palliative care creates a powerful positive feedback loop in families facing cancer," study au...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospitalist:

    WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may face an increased risk of death when medical residents leave their monthly rotations, new research suggests.

    "Most hospitals have guidelines for the handoffs that occur on a daily basis, and usually those handoffs include a...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    If you are overweight, losing weight is a good step. Weight loss can help reduce pain and make it easier for you to do daily activities, including walking. If your osteoarthritis continues to cause you pain, and you’ve exhausted all other options, knee surgery may be necessary. It’s very important that...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Surgery:

    TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a commonplace surgery -- such as a gallbladder removal -- may be safer when done in a rural hospital compared to a suburban or city hospital, a new study finds.

    "This study gives credence to what rural surgeons long suspected -- that well-d...Full Article

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    Positive thinking -- generally approaching life, and even unpleasantness, with an upbeat, productive attitude -- can be as important to your health as getting enough sleep, eating right and being active. The health benefits of positive thinking may include:
    • increased life span
    • lower rates of
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests.

    "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [intensive care unit] commonly ...Full Article

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        Design your life (every day) with healthy habits for a vibrant and spectacular you. This piece focuses on 10 simple healthy habits you can do
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Critical Care Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A small group of patients uses one-third of intensive care unit resources, a new study contends.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than one million ICU patients in Australia and New Zealand, and found that just 5 percent of them accounted for 3...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    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:
    • What
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Administration:

    TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study contends.

    Johns Hopkins University researchers analyzed eight years of U.S. data and concluded that more than 250,000 people died each year due to medical erro...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp increase in the number of U.S. children who have been hospitalized with fireworks-related burns since sales restrictions on fireworks have been eased, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed national...Full Article