The first time Crystal Chin, RN, NHA, walked into a suburban Atlanta radio studio she was a customer.
Now, every Tuesday, Chin and her colleague, Jennifer Scully, RN, CCM, CRM, NHA, spend an hour talking in a studio as hosts of Nurse View, a show specifically for nurses, by nurses, and all about nursing.
Scully is president and CEO of Clinical Resources LLC, an Atlanta company that provides staffing and consulting services for healthcare providers across the country. Chin serves as vice president of operations and development.
The two nurses first visited the studios of Radio Sandy Springs in Sandy Springs, Ga., to record a commercial for their companys telephone answering service.
We went in and we taped that, and it went really well, Chin said.
So well, in fact, station owner David Moxley asked about the possibility of a weekly nurse talk show.
That was foreign to us, Chin said. Were nurses. Were healthcare providers. Ive never been on the radio before. We said, Certainly, they wouldnt be interested in hearing from us. What would we have to say?
Its not something we had really planned, Chin said. It kind of fell into our laps.Photo courtesy Clinical Resources LLC
Crystal Chin, RN, left, and Jennifer Scully, RN, are co-hosts of the Nurse View radio show.
On the Air
Moxleys persistence led to Chin and Scully who both have a background in long-term care scaling down their fears.
We said wed be willing to do it as long as we know theres not another program out there like this, Chin said.
Moxley researched the topic, Chin said, and found that no nurse-only show existed.
There are shows geared toward nursing topics, Chin said. There are a lot of medical programs out there. But nothing specifically for nurses, by nurses, and all about nursing.
Radio Sandy Springs, which broadcasts nationwide on the Internet and locally on AM-1620, found nursing to be a good fit in its vast programming lineup.
Moxley said along with being the first station to offer a nursing show, Radio Sandy Springs also airs one-of-a-kind weekly programs about firefighters, Boy Scouts, infectious diseases, and backyard poultry among its lineup of more than 50 shows.
We do a lot of shows, and the best shows are always the ones that the hosts are prepared for, Moxley said. [Chin and Scully] do a great job preparing their show.
Faces of Nursing
When the program began in August 2008, Chin said she was not sure how long it would last.
When we first started, we thought, How can we talk for a whole hour? Chin said. But by the time we finish the hour, we probably havent gotten to half of what we want to talk about.
Concerns about running out of topics to talk about also have disappeared.
Almost instantly, Chin said. We started doing a couple of episodes and its just grown tremendously. Its so much fun. This is the first time either of us has been on the radio, and now were doing it every week.
Because of Chin and Scullys background, many shows have focused on long-term care.
We specifically wanted to promote our profession, caring for the elders, and [talk about] our passion for it and what a noble profession it is, Chin said.
But the duo also branches out into a wide variety of nursing topics.
Weve spent a good deal of time dealing with what we call the many faces of nursing, Chin said of shows that feature guests detailing a day in the life of nursing jobs in hospice, home health, schools, camps, and other positions to encourage listeners considering healthcare careers. Its not just about bedside nursing in the hospital. There are many directions or paths you can take. … Theres so much in the media about the nursing shortage. This is a positive way to encourage people to go into the field. They dont realize how nurses are involved in a lot of different industries, not just healthcare.
Although Chin and Scully do not take live calls during the show, which airs from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern time, they do receive plenty of feedback.
People are really glad to hear that we are talking about the nursing field, said Chin, who receives e-mails and calls after each show from listeners nationwide. Guests of the show also get feedback from a wide variety of listeners.
Along with nurses in various walks of life, Chin said the show has gotten feedback from nursing students, attorneys, insurance company employees, and family members of elderly patients.
Definitely, theres a broad audience, Chin said.
Among the most popular shows have been those about long-term care and nursing documentation and charting, according to Chin, who said the show has benefitted from presenting many nursing voices.
Weve had a lot of guest speakers, she said. Thats helped keep it fresh and new and exciting. Weve got other people sharing their experiences.