SAN FRANCISCO—“Hi who’s on the line? Nurse Talk radio show co-host Casey Hobbs, RN, asks with an up-for-anything tone in her voice. A caller named Mary Ellen describes “very swollen legs from my groin down to my toes." “Oh my god, death is imminent for you," co-host Maggie McDermott, RN, deadpans in her Irish brogue. “Now Magster, let’s not start right like that," Casey chides. And so goes another weekly episode of Nurse Talk, where laughter is the best medicine.
That was the very first broadcast. Since then, a lot has happened. Beginning in January of 2013 the show will expand to 50 stations nationwide. They will also move from the current one-hour format to two hours. Hobbs is still co-hosting but is now joined by RN and nurse practitioner Shayne Mason, who also teaches at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Nursing and Health Professions. Maggie McDermott retired from nursing and from the show. Hobbs and Mason are full-time RNs, Hobbs with 36 years of experience in hospitals, visiting nurses, and hospice, and Mason with 13 years of experience in psychiatry/mental health, and now works as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Nurse Talk was the dream of two RNs who, after 30-plus years in nursing, decided it was time to make their vision of a national radio show a reality. In 2008, RNs Casey Hobbs and Maggie McDermott, along with long-time entertainment professional Pattie Lockard and award winning sound designer June Miller ,crafted their Nurse Talk pitch demo. Armed with the demo, a tag line of “laughter is the best medicine," and a lot of optimism, the group started to play the demo to friends, relatives and anyone else who would listen.