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Nursing: Bedside and beyond - this week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week, “Sound Medicine” repeats its program on issues and concerns in the field of nursing.

“Sound Medicine” airs at 2 p.m. Sundays and 9 p.m. Tuesdays on WFYI 90.1 FM. To find airtimes on a public radio station near you, check the “Sound Medicine” website.

Nurses from across the state address the nursing shortage and what the future may hold, challenges of their profession — the years of education, the hours, the emotional demands — and the rewards. Speaking on the topic for “Sound Medicine” are:

  • Theresa Brown, R.N., oncology nurse and author of “Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between.”
  • Lucia Wocial, R.N., Ph.D., nurse ethicist at Indiana University Health, program leader for the Fairbanks Program in Nursing Ethics and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at the IU School of Nursing, Indianapolis.
  • Kim Harper, M.S., R.N., executive director of the Indiana Center for Nursing.
  • Yvonne Culpepper, R.N., DPN, vice president and chief nursing officer for Hendricks Regional Health.
  • Cortney Davis, R.N., nurse practitioner and author of “The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing.”

In addition, “Sound Medicine” reporter Sandy Roob takes listeners into the world of nursing with profiles of three Indianapolis-area nurses who provide insight into the special world of delivering care and comfort as a nurse. The three nurses’ roles are very different from each other:

  • Kevin Smith, R.N., was the only male nursing student in his class of 29. Smith, who works in a hospital medical unit, discusses his career in a predominately female field.
  • Morgan Reynolds, R.N., in her job as a nurse care manager and health coach, helps patients plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Nurse practitioner Melissa Chriswell, R.N., manages retail health care clinics for Walgreens pharmacies in Central Indiana.

In this week’s “Checkup” segment, host Jeremy Shere shares the success story behind the creation of DAWN, or Displaced Auto Workers for Nursing. The high unemployment rate in Detroit following the decline of the auto industry was the driving force behind the founding of this revolutionary program. DAWN provides individuals the chance to reboot their lives and careers.

“Sound Medicine” is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM). “Sound Medicine” is underwritten in part by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana University Health Physicians and Wishard Health Services.


Listen to “Sound Medicine” on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson), WFIU (Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo, Terre Haute), WNDY (Crawfordsville), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend), WNIN (Evansville), WBOI (Fort Wayne), WFCI (Franklin), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion), WBST (Muncie), WBSJ (Portland), WLPR (Lake County) and WBAA (West Lafayette).

The show also airs on these out-of state public radio stations:

KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KPOV (Bend, Ore.), KEOS (College Station, Texas), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KFTW (Fort Worth, Texas), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KPBX (Spokane, Wash.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), WLRH (Huntsville, Ala.) and WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio).