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Nurses In Media Day

The first media training conference for nurses in California.

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Nurses In Media Day
Nurses In Media Day

Time & Location

Feb 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Virtual Conference

About the Event

Nurses' voices are underrepresented in public and political conversations. We're featured as sources in only 2% of all healthcare coverage compared to 12% of physicians. But the pandemic has shown us that our voices are needed to speak for ourselves, to protect ourselves, and to advance our profession when it is needed most.

Nurses in Media Day is a new event dedicated to skill-building and insightful discussions. We will be joined by four self-made, national nursing media experts who will be sharing their personal journeys, experiences, and tips for individual nurses and nursing organizations alike.

Alice Benjamin, APRN, MSN, ACNS-BC , FNP - @asknursealice

Ms. Benjamin (she/her/hers) is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of nursing experience specializing in cardiovascular and critical care. She is a recurring on-air health medical contributor for NBC 4 in Los Angeles and has appeared as a regular for other local and national news networks including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, CNN, HLN, FOX News, TVOne, BBC and KTLA Morning News.  She also hosts the weekly digital shows, “The Exam Room with Nurse Alice” and “Nurse News Now with Nurse Alice.”

Her health articles have been published in Huffington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, JET, Black America Web, AARP, Bustle, XO Necole, Heart & Soul,, The American Nurse, ADVANCE Nursing Magazine, and others.

Dr. James Q. Simmons, DNP, AG/ACNP-BC - @askthenp

Dr. Simmons (he/him/his) is a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, frontline healthcare provider during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and passionate on-air medical contributor. Dr. James continues to emerge as one of the most sought-after voices at the intersection of the LGBTQIA+ and Black communities. He is also the brains and heart behind the vibrant online community “Ask The NP, everything you’re too scared to ask your MD!”  As seen and heard on NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, KTLA, Sirius XM, Yahoo!, Loveline, Channel Q, DASH Radio and many more, his combination of extensive multimedia experience and nearly 12 years of hospital-based critical care practice make Dr. James a go-to, trusted source for real, relatable, and reliable health information. 

Dr. James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Drake University, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of California Los Angeles, where he is also a frequent guest lecturer and research consultant. Dr. James is honored to be a founding and continuing Clinical Ambassador for the CDC’s “Let’s Stop HIV Together” campaign.

Dr. Dan Weberg, PhD, RN -  @DrNurseDan

Dr. Weberg (he/him/his) is an expert in nursing, healthcare innovation and human-centered patient design with extensive clinical experience in emergency departments, acute in-patient hospital settings and academia. He currently serves as the Vice President for Transformation Services at Ascension, supporting 60,000 nurses and 140+ facilities in modernizing nursing technology, developing new care models, and measuring innovation outcomes.

Previously he was Head of Clinical Innovation for Trusted Health, the staffing platform for the healthcare industry, where he helps drive product strategy and works to change the conversation around innovation in the healthcare workforce.

Dr. Ali R. Tayyeb, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, PHN - RN Mentor Podcast

Dr. Tayyeb (he/him/his) is a United States Navy Veteran, Registered Nurse, Educator, artist, and creator, and host of the RN-Mentor podcast. Dr. Tayyeb, is currently an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Tayyeb’s work and research concentrates around improving access to care and benefits for veterans and advancing social networks to connect and advance nursing issues while facilitating nursing discourse centered around the theory of social contracts.

What you can learn on Nurses in Media Day:

  • How to get media attention on important nursing topics.
  • How to grow your presence online through new media channels (podcast, blog, etc.)
  • How to protect your job and your license while discussing controversial issues.


  • 5 minutes

    Executive Director Opening Remarks

  • 25 minutes

    Alice Benjamin - Medical Contributor & Correpsondent

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