Christine Davis (1950 – )


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  • Advocacy for those impacted by mental illness and addictions. 
  • Death care of vulnerable individuals.
  • Worked for many years with people living with violence either past or present. I work with children, adolescents, women and men who have been sexually abused and sexually assaulted by people in positions of power and trust. Parents, intimate partners, clergy, teachers, friends, coaches, strangers, police……
  • Worked as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
  • I am often humbled by the strength and resilience of people of all ages who have lived their lives with the power of their experiences impacting their lives.
  • I also work with people living with mental illness.
  • I am saddened and frustrated by the system(s) and the treatment received by people from those in a position of power and “caring”. The strength of the human spirit to resist and to continue to seek out someone who will believe, who will care is to be honoured.

Cory Ellen Gatrall (1979 – )


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  • Ally, advocate, and activist for Reproductive Justice
  • Full spectrum OB/sexual and reproductive health nurse, including abortion services
  • Five College Associate and historian of nursing and medicine
  • Former full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor, supporting pregnant people through all reproductive outcomes
  • Founder of LA For Choice

My story

I came to nursing through activism, rather than the other way around. For fifteen years before I went to nursing school, I organized and agitated in my communities around issues related to reproductive choice and health. Becoming a nurse was the way to bring my passion for care work and my passion for reproductive justice together. Now I work at the bedside in labor & delivery/postpartum care as well as in abortion services. In addition, I hold an appointment as a Five College Associate, which supports me in researching, writing, and speaking about the history of nursing and medicine. Right now I am investigating the historical development of the cultural competency model in nursing and nursing education, with the goal of moving us as a field toward structural competency without reproducing the problems of earlier models.

Another Nurse Activism Think Tank on the horizon! July 13-14, Augusta GA


Jessica Dillard-Wright and Vanessa Haas-Shields are cooking up another nursing activism think tank!  They just announced the location and dates on the new website RadicalNurses.com!  Here is what they posted:

Jessica

. . . sustained through our collaborative efforts here at radicalnurses.com, and emboldened by the power of sharing our ideas, we would like to announce our very own nurse activism think tank. We are calling it “Activism and the Art of Nursing” and we want you to join us. We know that nursing is an art. We know many of you are artists. We want to explore the idea of the art of nursing and the connections between art, activism, and nursing. So save the dates – July 13 and 14 in Augusta, Georgia – and sign up here

Vanessa

(https://goo.gl/forms/Mt8MMjFW7V5ORT5s1) to stay in the loop. More details to follow. We are very excited and hope to see you this summer.  (see the full post here)

This is exactly what everyone involved last summer hoped could happen going forward!!!  Follow RadicalNurses to find out more, and if you are interested in doing something similar in your area – go for it!!  Let us know of your ideas and plans and we will support what you do in any way we can!!

 

Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT (1967 – )


Inspiration for Activism Part II –

  • I became interested in healthcare policy and politics, during my MSN studies, but it wasn’t until I was asked to serve as American Nurses Association- Maine’s legislative committee chair that I begin to recognize my true calling in this area. ANA-ME encouraged me to apply to be an American Nurse Advocacy Institute Fellow, and upon completion of that training, I felt better prepared to act and advocate for causes I believed in.
  • I felt very drawn to the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) as I learned about the endocannabinoid system and medicinal use of cannabis. The more I understood about the human ECS, the more I felt called to serve at a higher level. I was appointed to be on the board and I started the education and research committee and eventually I ran for President. We are a non-profit 501c3, and we focus on educating and supporting nurses, as well as acting as advocated for patients and populations.
  • I have been blessed to be able to also bring ACNA into the Nursing Organizations Alliance, where I have learned so much about what it takes to run a nursing organization. Anyone actively involved in working with nursing organizations should consider how this group can support your organization’s knowledge base.
  • In my own personal work, I have focused on supporting oncology nurses’ understanding of medicinal use of cannabis. For the last 1.5 years I have traveled around the country working with oncology nurses to support their understanding of how they can best help their patients who want to use cannabis for palliation of symptoms. This article in this Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing also serves to support the knowledge base of nurses.  Also see my NurseManifest post on this topic!

Joyce Morrissette (1962 – )


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  • Advocate for enabling well-being and creating cultures of health
  • Author of Receive So You May Give: A Self-Care Path for Nurses
  • Psychiatric nurse for 25 years
  • Voice for suicide prevention and de-stigmatizing mental health.
  • Completed the Out of the Darkness Walk in Boston. Have partnered with a dean in Boston to teach emotional well-being to nursing students
  • Advocate for universal sabbaticals in healthcare
  • Completed the Integrative Health and Lifestyle Program for healthcare professionals at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil and developed a 12-week resilience workshop for nurses
    -Focused on providing broader and deeper forms of clinician education and resilience training (not clinical or technical) to healthcare professionals so that together we thrive, serve and lead at our highest levels
  • Certified to teach Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine workshops. Trained as a Martha Beck life coach
  • Co-organized Thrive: Inspiring Positive Change; a community well-being initiative and creative health symposium in Maine
  • Currently a Community Resilience Facilitator for a 2-year project providing ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) training to the general public and professional groups
  • Visit my website!