Elizabeth Berrey (1945 – )

Inspiration for Activism!  

  • Active in nursing organizations throughout Baccalaureate program (Baylor University) and master’s program (University of Maryland), including serving as president of Texas Nursing Students Association.
  • Featured speaker at nursing conferences and conventions on the importance of nurses as agents for change and advocates for better healthcare.
  • First nurse appointed to the MetroHealth Hospital Board of Trustees (1985-1990).
  • First private practice in nursing in Ohio (1980-1986).
  • Appointed to the Ohio Board of Nursing (1987-1992) advocating for nursing autonomy and control of our own practice.
  • Only nurse to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Ohio Health Care Costs.
  • Advocate for LGBTQIA health, and reducing healthcare disparities based on ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.
  • New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Leadership Team & founding member.
  • Interviewer for the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, preserving stories in the Smith College Archives of lesbians over 70 from all walks of life.
  • Coordinator of the New Mexico OLOC chapter (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change); sponsor forums for women candidates from all political affiliations.
  • Voter Registrar in New Mexico.
  • The Resistance since Nov. 2016.
  • Actively working on the Michelle Luhan Grisham campaign for Governor and the Deb Haaland campaign for US Congress.

Read text of Elizabeth’s speeches!

National Nurses Week 2007

1994 Center for Families & Children

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