In celebration of 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, author Maria Smilios is dedicating a weekly column about nurses whose stories must be shared. I am thankful that Maria has invited The Relentless School Nurse to share this important initiative with our readers! This is week #2 of the 52 week series in this year long study of nurses and midwives. Mary Breckinridge is this week’s featured nurse:
Bio: Maria Smilios is the author of the forthcoming book The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis. The book will be published in the United States by An Oprah Book, in Germany by Mohrbooks books, and in the United Kingdom by Virago Books.
A New York City native, Maria has a Masters of Arts from Boston University in Religion & Literature where she was a Henry Luce Scholar and a Presidential Scholar and where she taught Essay & Research writing in the university’s writing program.
In 2007, she left Boston and moved back to New York City to teach at an all-girls high school. There she created and ran an intensive summer writing program for teens. Maria also spent five years at Springer Science & Media as Development Editor in the Biomedical Sciences.
In the past, Maria has written for Narratively, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward among others.