Barbara believes deeply in the role of nurses not just as healthcare practitioners - but as public health strategists, researchers, policymakers and global problem solvers.
Nurses play a unique role that gives them insight into the intersection of healthcare and social determinants of health, like housing and access to jobs. Unfortunately, nurses' voices are often marginalized, leaving their crucial perspectives untapped and robbing healthcare conversations of a valuable voice.
No matter where she speaks, Barbara aims to reinforce nurses' belief in their own voices and give them the tools they need to thrive in a noisy media environment. The World Health Organization has declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse - now is the time for nurses to gain media competencies, engage the media, speak up and be heard.
Barbara is a confident, spirited speaker who knows how to read a room and use comedy to get her point across. She uses thoughtful imagery to give visual shape to the ideas she seeks to spread.