Advocacy & Activism, Health Equity, Nursing History, School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: Looking for Lillian Wald

  Earlier in the year, I wrote a blog post about one of my newest students who was saving food that was served in school to bring home to her family. The 4-year-old girl, a recent immigrant from El Salvador, was storing food in her pants pockets instead of eating at school. Here is a… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Looking for Lillian Wald

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Advocacy & Activism, Gun Violence, Gun Violence Prevention

The Relentless School Nurse: Congressman Donald Norcross: America Has a Gun Problem

The 70th anniversary of the murders of my father's parents and grandmother, along with 10 others is fast approaching. I am sure there will be stories published along with the requisite pictures of the murderer. I believe in the no-notoriety movement, so I will not use his name or provide any details, except to say… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Congressman Donald Norcross: America Has a Gun Problem

Advocacy & Activism, Climate Justice, Health Equity, School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: The Climate and the Classroom – A Generational Justice Issue

  Park Guthrie is a teacher in Northern California and the founder of Schools for Climate Action, a grassroots group whose mission is to encourage schools to advocate for climate justice. The impact of climate change can no longer be ignored in our classrooms. Park has written a compelling blog post that inspires all of… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: The Climate and the Classroom – A Generational Justice Issue

Advocacy & Activism, Nursing Activism, Nursing and Social Media

The Relentless School Nurse: Meet Nurse/Filmmaker Natania Abebe, RN, Whose Mission is “Advancing Nursing Through Media Representation”

The best and brightest in nursing is exemplified by the creative genius of Natania Abebe, RN, a young woman who shares her personal nursing mission to amplify the profile of nursing through media representation. Natania is a recent graduate that is using art, filmmaking, and writing to express her experience as a new nurse, a woman of color and young professional entering a working world mired in sexism, racism and antiquated views of what it means to be a nurse in the 21st Century. I am beyond honored to host Natania's guest blog on The Relentless School Nurse. Please share her message far and wide, we have much to learn from her insights and I hope this important perspectives piece will open frank discussion about that state of our profession. Kudos to you Natania for "speaking truth to power." We have much to learn from you and your generation of nurses!

Advocacy & Activism

The Relentless School Nurse: A National Nursing Call to Action

How do we as nurses contribute to the greater good? This is an important question in our polarized world. Nurses can use our leverage as the most trusted profession to frame complex social issues from a nursing perspective. But do we?  How can we amplify our voices even more?  One example would be standing up… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: A National Nursing Call to Action