Thursday, April 28, 2016

Is it time for a Nurse Idol competition?

When nurses sing, they heal themselves and patients, teach, entertain and fundraise. In addition, they promote health, peace, and national unity. The following examples demonstrate the power in the voices of nurses.

Jared Axen

               Jared Axen, RN is known by his patients at the Valencia Hospital in California as the “Angel sent from Heaven”. Jared comforts his patients by using his passion for music. He sings beautiful, soothing songs, classic hymns and Frank Sinatra standards to his patients. Jared connects with his patients on a deep and personal level. On his blog, Jared writes, “…hospice is not about giving up. It is about making those final months, weeks, days, and hours, the most meaningful.”

National Health Service Choir

               In 2015, nurses joined the National Health Service Choir in the UK and sang a cover of “A Bridge Over You” (Coldplay and BOTW by Simon & Garfunkel) as a holiday message to promote the National Health Service. The cover beat Justin Bieber to capture Britain's official Christmas No. 1 song.

The Nightingales

               A group of nurses at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York have dedicated themselves to improving the hospital not only with their nursing skills but also with their voices. The “Nightingales” began in 2009 to show that the nurses’ compassion extends beyond the bedside. The group gives about three major performances a year. They also sing for patients, weddings at the hospital and in remembrance of nurses who have passed away.

The Laryngospasms

           The “Laryngospasms” are a group of certified nurse anesthetists. They have been singing medically themed parodies for over 20 years. They perform at conferences, hospital galas and fundraisers. Some of their song parodies are "Waking up Is Hard to Do", "Taking Care's Our Business", "The Glove Shack", “Mr. Gas Man” and "Restart My Heart".

Dominic Limpin

               A Filipino nurse, Dominic Limpin, was working in New York City on 9/11. He is helping himself heal from post traumatic stress disorder by traveling the US and singing to his patients while performing his duties as a dialysis nurse. He uses his voice to ease the pain and suffering of patients by singing to them. The former NYC Philharmonic choir singer says “I never encounter any patient, no matter how sick they are or grouchy, who doesn't like singing.” 

        “The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for Kids” is a book written by Dawn Ginese R.N. Music and singing help children to learn.  The Singing Nurse curriculum combines songs into the curriculum to help students learn lessons about their health.

Samuel McPhail

               Samuel McPhail, while a student nurse at Bradford University in the UK, launched a charity single to promote the “6Cs” nursing values. The single was launched to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Care charity. The song promotes the ‘6Cs’ of quality healthcare – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. The launch coincided with International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s birthday, a time to reflect on decades of professionalism in nursing and a renewed focus on compassion.
Barts Choir
            Barts Choir in London was started by a group of nurses at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in 1965, and was known originally as St Bartholomew’s Hospital Choral Society. All of their concerts are performed in aid of a health or medically related charity. The 2016/2017 concert series will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Medical Musical Group

         The Medical Musical Group (MMG) is the largest medical musical group in America (and possibly the world). The group is comprised of doctors, nurses and volunteers from medical centers, schools and communities throughout the U.S. The group includes nurses who sing or play musical instruments. Their mission is to perform Music with a Message – a message of healing, hope, inspiration, national unity, patriotism, and international brotherhood and sisterhood. Concerts in the US highlight healthcare concerns of veterans.

Olivia Neufelder
Nashville nurse, Olivia Neufelder, has captured the hearts of millions by singing to a dying woman awaiting a liver transplant. Margaret Smith, 63, was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where nurse Olivia Neufelder sang “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy at her bedside every day.

Nurses have so many talents...and they can sing! I say it is time for an Idol competition. What do you think?

Love to read your thoughts!


The Laryngospasms
The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for kids
National Health Service Choir
Singing nurses. South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y
Nurses in NHS choir seeking Christmas number one
The Care Makers 6Cs Song
The Barts Choir
Medical Musical Group
Vanderbilt Nurse sings to her patient

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna, after all these years I finally saw this post. Thanks so much for mentioning me and my Kids Health Lessons. I did just finished a video, "Don't Spread Your Germs Around" that might be helpful to your readers. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks again
    I tried to put the link to the post info, so I'll put it here in the body of my comment as well. #HealthyIsAnAdventure