We talk to doctors on our show fairly frequently — whether taking questions for a pediatrician, a sleep doctor, a veterinarian or just discussing the latest medical research on certain diseases or conditions. And yet doctors are not the only people who are hard at work in a medical setting — there are also nurses working around the clock on patient care, and they oftentimes have more face time with a patient than a physician will.
And yet a recent study in the American Journal of Nursing noted that nurses are used in only 2 percent of health care news stories.
So, are nurses being underestimated — or even ignored? How do they feel about the work they do?
We talk it over with three Houstonians in the nursing field: Donna Esposito from Houston Methodist, Nicole Sheets from Texas Children's, and Jessica Rivas from Memorial Hermann Cypress.