Edmonds nurse wins national video contest

By Brian Soergel | Oct 26, 2018
Courtesy of: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Stefan Torres won a national contest with a video filmed at Swedish Edmonds and at locations around town.

An Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate has put his video skills to good use.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has named Stefan Torres, who graduated from E-W in 2003 and is a registered nurse at Swedish Edmonds hospital in Edmonds, the winner of its national 2018 Nurses Week Video Challenge.

Torres’ entry depicted how he uses his nursing training to produce educational videos that inspire healthy living.

A traveling nurse who has provided patient care from Hawaii to California, Torres – who lives in Edmonds – routinely extends his care beyond the hospital setting in his free time by creating and distributing a series of inspiring and entertaining videos on topics ranging from diabetes to breastfeeding.

“I did some travel nursing on some Hawaiian islands and local agency work as well,” Torres said, “but I’m back in Edmonds. It’s a lovely place.”

After Edmonds-Woodway, Torres graduated from North Seattle College with an associate degree in nursing and the University of Washington with a bachelor’s in nursing.

He’s also earned his board certification in emergency nursing, though he’s currently working in surgical services.

“I was also just named one of the 25 of 100 Nurses of Influence by the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, as it was their centennial celebration this year,” he said.

“The nurses selected were over the course of the schools commencement 100 years ago to date, so it’s a pretty big honor to be recognized along side of the school of nursing’s founder, and other nurses that have made great strides in the medical and nursing community.”

Torres’ winning video was selected from among dozens of entries submitted by school nurses, nurse practitioners, public health nurses and others.

The contest was launched on the foundation’s Facebook pages, which has more than 60,000 nurses. “It Takes a Nurse” purpose was to highlight the ways nurses promote health not only among their patients, but within their communities and beyond.

In recognition of his first-place win, the foundations awarded Torres a full-day video shoot conducted by a professional film crew, providing him the opportunity to share his story with a nationwide audience.

“Nurses are great influencers,” Torres said. “We’re face-to-face with the general population all the time, and we have a tremendous opportunity to help people change their behaviors and inspire them to live their best life possible.”

“Getting in front of the camera, making complicated health care topics more fun and easier to turn into healthy habits – it’s all part of how I strive to improve health, both on and off the clock.”

To watch Torres’ winning video, go to https://goo.gl/Gsq6zz.


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