June 28, 2007, 10:27 am

Google Advisory Group on Health: WHERE ARE THE NURSES!


It’s time to get your emails on, folks!

Google has put together a health advisory board and there is not a single nurse on the board!

Excuse me?

It’s very simple.

Here is the link to the Google blog: Google Blog

There is an email link on the sidebar.

Nurses of the blogosphere: THIS IS BIG.

And if we’ve ever had a blogosphere voice, NOW is the time to use it.


I am not happy.

I have written to tell Google how unhappy I am with this in the middle of wedding preparations.

Some things you just HAVE to speak out on.

For me, this was one of them.

How about you?


  • JC Jones
    JC Jones

    June 28, 2007 at 10:58 am

    I am so with you. Nurses are the face of health care. The voice of health care. And as the science of medicine becomes increasingly arcane, nurses are increasingly important as translators for consumers. Nurses are the bridge between consumers and the science of medicine.

  • Mother Jones, RN
    Mother Jones, RN

    June 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Kim, thanks for the heads up. I just sent my letter off to Google.


  • Steph

    June 28, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve been working in international medical care since leaving operating room nursing in 2006. One of the things we do is ask U.S. MD’s to see post op patients returning from surgery abroad. Most of the time our request is met with something like – “they went where?” And this after several hundred thousand patients have left, to go outside the U.S. for affordable health care. Perhaps these doctors are still reeling from the big swipe managed care took at medicine way back.

    As nurses we need to take a stand here. Our careers are about protecting patients from the environment. When a patient travels overseas that environment gets pretty big.

  • Beth

    June 28, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for pointing this out, Kim. This is a huge oversight and I will definitely sending an email.

  • Rachel

    June 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I’m a professional medical librarian, and I’m not happy that no medlibs were included, either. You know, since connecting people to health information is what we do. Professionally. Every day. Grr.

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  • Lorraine

    June 28, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    I have been reading your blog for awhile now. After seeing your post today I went and sent off an email for their lack of nurses. Shame Shame on them.

    Lorraine RN

  • Julie

    June 29, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Have done likewise. Have also asked that while I understand Google is a US company their readership is global and therefore they should also consider medics from around the world!

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  • Candy

    June 29, 2007 at 7:46 am

    🙂 Big smile — thank you, Kim! I knew you could get the pot stirred up! There can be no discussion on healthcare or consumer health education without going to the people who will be delivering that care — the nurses.

    Happy wedding!

  • linda-lou

    June 30, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    You are so right Kim! No nurse, no dietitians, no LPCs….that is just not acceptable!

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  • TS

    July 12, 2007 at 3:54 am

    When nurses promote themselves as the most important members of the health care team and the ones who *really* deliver care (some of this is explicit), it makes you (as a group) no different than some egotistical MDs that annoy us all.
    There are many people on the health care team! How about we support each other, rather than view any one role as being more important than others? Remember your roots…there used to be very little recognition of the nurse’s role on the team b/c all the appreciation went to MDs.

  • rnformatics

    July 16, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    It looks like the Center for Nursing Advocacy has posted a response to Google regarding the lack of nurses on the Health Advisory Council. Now we just have to wait to see what Google’s response is.

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  • Daniel

    July 20, 2007 at 6:25 am

    What?! No Joint Commission on advisory board?!!!

  • daothithu hoai
    daothithu hoai

    August 1, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Thanks Google for this idea. This forum is very helpful for every one. I hope many people get benefet from this service.

    Thanks again!
    RN Thu Hoai

  • NYC Social Media Services
    NYC Social Media Services

    April 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    What a great post. I?m emailing this to my friends.
    NYC Social Media Services

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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