Terry M. Foster

Nurse Humorist


On behalf of WakeMed Trauma Services & Committee, Rehab, & Nursing Education, I would like to thank you for speaking at the recent WakeMed Trauma Conference.  We had 145 attendees, and it is evident from their comments that they truly enjoyed your presentation. You promised excellent evaluation scores, and you certainly delivered!!  You received a 3.9 (out of 4.0) for the objective score and a 3.97 (out of 4.0) for the speaker score.  These are both amazing!!

Elaine Marinello, MSN, RN-BC
Supervisor, Nursing Education Department
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Raleigh, North Carolina


"I have had the pleasure of working with Terry for several years on a number of our nursing programs, and he never ceases to amaze me! The passion and honesty he brings to his presentations is reflective of his commitment to his profession, and to the patients he works with every day. Our groups range from bedside staff nurses to Chief Nursing Officers – and Terry’s program content and delivery resonates with all audiences. From clinical sessions to humor talks, Terry consistently scores high with our attendees – his expertise and wit are invaluable. We are very fortunate to have Terry as a seasoned speaker for our conferences!"

Jessica Clark
Conference Coordinator
Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research
Ambler, PA

“If you need a way to energize your audience, get everyone to relax or if you want to split your sides laughing, Terry is your guy. Good thing he’s a registered nurse if
anyone does actually hurt themselves!”

Brian Graves
Global Practice Leader, Healthcare 
Kronos Incorporated
Chelmsford, Massachusetts

“Terry presents the key points in ways that you can relate to and you find yourself saying “I think that was the same patient I had!”. His blend of humor and presentation style helps to cement the concepts in a way that you will instantly recall in the future.”

Roger Casey, RN, CEN
Trauma & Stroke Coordinator
Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Richland, Washington


"I have had the distinct pleasure of being on the receiving end of several, unique and side splitting presentations delivered by Terry Foster over the past 12 years while attending national ENA conferences. In fact, I look through the conference faculty roster hoping for another great Terry Foster session to attend. Each and every presentation is riveting, relevant and highly entertaining. Terry has a knack of making our daily, on the job life and death experiences hysterically funny while driving home his relevant, "take home" message. His audiences are delighted when he hits the stage and engaged from the first minute to the last and are then left begging for more! I highly recommend Terry Foster, a unique and comical speaking talent, for your next event.  You won't be disappointed."

Ellie Encapera, RN, CEN
Board of Directors
Emergency Nurses Association
Des Plaines, Illinois

Terry Foster is an incredible public speaker and natural comedian. He is able to elevate nursing with his sense of humor without ever losing his compassion for people. When he enters a room the place lights up, his unique sense of optimism and realism are priceless. He is the rare individual that can laugh at himself and never take things too seriously. Terry is also the first person to lead a charitable event to help someone else who has suffered misfortune. He is a motivator and whether speaking locally, nationally or talking to him one on one, after the encounter you will be lifted.

Tracie Shelton, RN, BSN
Director, Patient Safety
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Edgewood, Kentucky


Having attended many conferences, I can honestly say that attending a presentation by Terry Foster is the “HIGHLIGHT” of any event! I have heard Terry speak many times on different topics and he captivates the audience. He is most knowledgeable in the topics he presents and his delivery is always enjoyable. He infuses humor which is uplifting and exceptional. Terry has a natural way of communicating with his audience.  He is able to make everyone comfortable and at ease. He is one of the BEST speakers I have ever heard. I would give Terry my highest recommendation….can’t wait to hear him again. You never get tired of hearing him speak!  

Kathryn Rozanski, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, Massachusetts


Terry Foster is a pleasure to work with. His dynamic style along with a passion to energize is so refreshing. Nurse Foster enlightens and inspires throughout his presentations with contagious laughter. The audience loves him!  We look forward to working with him every time.

Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, PhD
Education Enterprises
Staten Island, New York


           Terry is an excellent speaker and presenter. His ability to connect with his
nursing piers during his presentations is unparalleled. He is a master story teller with an incredible gift of humor, as well as weaving poignant messages throughout his presentations. He’s wonderful to work with during all phases of the conference planning cycle. If you’re considering Terry for a presentation during your conference, you will not regret it. He will be one of the best speakers you have ever engaged.

Dale Gibbons
Emergency Nurses Association
Des Plaines, Illinois


Terry was an uplifting, encouraging, refreshing, humorous speaker who provides entertainment with a valuable message. His honesty and humor relieves stress and makes you proud to be a nurse. His message reminds us all why we went into healthcare and reminds us of the meaningful things we do on a daily basis. He is clinically relevant and able to bring nursing providers from all generations together with a common bond, empowering us to continue. Impactful!

~Miami Valley Hospital Nurse Recognition Committee, Dayton Ohio
~Sponsored by Director of Center of Nursing Excellence and Palliative Care Programs, Jayne Gmeiner, RN, MS, NEA-BC


“Terry is the RN I want to care for me if I'm ever injured! He is professional, energetic, intelligent and able to work in the high paced, stressful environment of the emergency department and still maintain his patient's sense of dignity. He is a compassionate caregiver! Another of Terry's many gifts is his incredible talent as a lecturer and teacher. He joyfully uses the art of story-telling to make a point or explain difficult concepts and is the consummate adult educator. Terry's sense of humor directly benefits those in his classes. He takes his work very seriously - but not himself! He is generous and thoughtful to a fault, making sure everyone he teaches is successful!”

Marty Grove, RN, MEd
Director, Education Department
Mercy Hospital Clermont
Batavia, Ohio