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Terry Foster, RN, MSN Kentucky
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Terry M. Foster was originally a 1977 LPN graduate of Booth Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Covington, Kentucky. After working for 4 years as an LPN in both the ED & ICU, he received his RN diploma from The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, and in 1997 received his Master's Degree in Critical-Care and Trauma Nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. He has held positions of volunteer, ward clerk, staff nurse, charge nurse, critical-care instructor, clinical director and night supervisor, at both the Mercy Hospitals of Cincinnati, Ohio, and at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in northern Kentucky. His primary areas of nursing experience have always been in the Emergency Department and Critical-Care Units where he has national certifications in critical-care nursing, emergency nursing, pediatric emergency nursing, and trauma nursing.

Terry has authored more than 40 professional publications in various textbooks, nursing, and healthcare journals. He has lectured on a wide variety of clinical topics at nursing seminars and conferences throughout the USA, having given a total of over 5000 formal presentations, covering all 50 states by the time he turned 50 years old. Nationally he is a well known and sought after speaker on nursing humor, as well as clinical topics on critical-care and emergency nursing, always representing St. Elizabeth in a positive light. As a professional humorist, Terry has also performed at the Las Vegas Caesar's Palace, Atlantic City's Trump Tower, and at local comedy venues in the greater Cincinnati area.

An active community volunteer, he regularly volunteers for Covington's Parish Soup Kitchen, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Cincinnati Arts Association, "Chicks & Chucks" Breast Cancer Support group, and oversees the operation of the Peggy Foster Memorial Fund. He is also a member of the executive committee of the St. Elizabeth Foundation and volunteers on multiple charitable boards and especially for fundraiser events. Terry has been the recipient of the Judith Kelleher award, which is the highest award, given by the national Emergency Nurses Association and he was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing, an internationally appointed group of accomplished emergency nursing leaders from around the world. Over the past eight years, Terry has been featured in nine episodes of The Learning Channel's (TLC) national TV program "Untold Stories of the ER." He is the first RN to ever be featured on this physician only based television show.

Since 1998, Terry has been the Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in the six Emergency Departments at St. Elizabeth Healthcare (a Magnet designated hospital) in Edgewood, Kentucky. In June, 2017, Terry was promoted to the dual role of Ambassador for the St. Elizabeth Foundation along with his position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Departments. He has been employed in this six-hospital system since 1975.


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  • "How Can You Laugh at That?" A Closer Look at the Use of Humor in Nursing - This fun and enlightening talk will focus on the very "different" sense of humor shared by all nurses. Often used as a coping mechanism, this speaker will explain the appropriate uses of our type of humor. Our humor invokes a positive attitude and unites us, no matter what your area or era, of nursing practice. Plan to be thoroughly entertained! (Note: Please empty your bladder fully prior to attending this session).

  • The Bizarre and the Spectacular: Unique Cases in Emergency Care - This lecture will focus on some of the most unique cases that have been seen in the Emergency Department. The speaker-a 30+ years experience ED nurse-will describe unusual types of patient history, mechanism of injury, clinical presentation, and other "contributing factors" that make an interesting case. This talk is very educational as well as entertaining and audience participation is strongly encouraged.

  • Surviving and Thriving in the Crazy World of Nursing! - Do you sometimes just need to hear about the good things nurses do? Listen to this practical, realistic, and positive talk about the supportive and caring work of nursing. We'll talk about what makes nurses tick-as well as what can tick us off! We'll also laugh at some of the crazy and funny things that only nurses know. Sit back, relax, listen, laugh, and restore your pride as a professional nurse!

  • Emergency Nursing: The Sacred and the Profane; All Rolled into One! - As emergency nurses, we experience both sacred and profane interactions on a daily basis. On the front lines, we regularly see the best and the worst aspects of our society. This lecture focuses on some of those unforgettable moments and lessons learned in emergency nursing. Plan to be enlightened, reflective, and entertained as this speaker reviews and reminds us why emergency nursing is our chosen profession!

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