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Are Nurses Underestimated Or Overlooked By The Public?

Three Houstonians in the nursing field discuss how their profession is perceived and other challenges they face today.


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.

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