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Keith Carlson: The New Story about Nurses

Keith.HiResKeith Carlson is helping shape the conversation today about nurses and the nursing profession for tens of thousands of his listeners and readers.

A nurse for over twenty years, he reaches his audiences through his two podcasts for nurses, as well as his regular blogs, writings, presentations, and ebook.

A gem from the interview:

“You’ll hear nurses say, ‘I’m just a nurse…this word  just comes up in the conversation so often, and I really have tried to remove it from many people’s vocabulary when they are talking about their careers.'”

Listen to these reflections on the show:

How it was for Keith to enter nurse as a man and how men in nursing are gaining more acceptance and recognition.

How Ms. Colorado stirred a huge controversy (and sparked a movement!) when she appeared in scrubs with a stethoscope at the Miss America pageant.

How nurses are the most trusted profession in America – but still not understood.

How the role of nurses is changing – especially as advanced practice nurses take on more and more work that used to be done exclusively by doctors.  Plus, there are a lot nurses working outside of the hospital and traditional venues, including many nurse entrepreneurs.

Why Ken Burns missed the boat when he didn’t feature nurses in his documentary on cancer treatment.

How nurses can talk with more authority and self-empowerment.

How Keith has made the journey into social media, and is helping others to do the same.

Some thoughts about the future of nursing.


And the full episode:



Or listen to episode 55 in ITunes (and please leave a rating and review!)

About my guest

Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC

Keith Carlson is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist for

With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms—including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at


The Show Notes

Book Keith recommended on the show:  From Silence to Voice what nurses know and must communicate to the public.

Keith’s website:

Keith’s podcast at RN/FM radio

Nurses savvy career coaching podcast for nurses:

Keith’s book:

Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century



2 Responses

  1. Sally and Keith,

    It was so wonderful to hear your voices again, TOGETHER! The time I spent with you and the other Nurses Speak participants will be etched in my heart forever!
    Keith Carlson, you are a pioneer and voice for the profession of nursing and I admire your dedication to our cause! I loved getting to know you and your “heart” for nursing during our time together. Your interview was simply awesome and I will post in areas where I have a presence so that other nurses will learn of your “heart” for nursing. Please give your beautiful wife Mary, my love.
    Sally Fox! Thank you for your unwavering dedication to nurses; you are truly our angel! My experience at Nurses Speak in Santa Fe NM was an epic event in my career and my life. You and Mary Rives worked tirelessly to enable me and the other nurse participants to find our voices! As Keith identified, we as a profession just don’t talk about ourselves.Thank you!
    Much Love,
    Peggy Mangan RN

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