Vanessa Shields-Haas (1981 – ) – @radicalnursesNOLA

Inspiration for Activism Part II –

  • Participant in 2018 Nurse Activism Think Tank 
  • Author of blog,
  • Contributor to the Lavender Health LGBTQ nursing blog,
  • Social justice activist and promoter of change from within university and hospital systems by drawing on the expertise and power of healthcare workers seeking a healthier, safer, and more empowered working and learning environment.
  • Advocate for LGBTQ cultural competency, harm reduction, and inclusion of abortion care education for nurses.
  • HIV/AIDs Certified RN, reproductive rights protector, and medically accurate sexual education provider.

Vanessa’s Story: “I wish for Street Nurses, utilizing the full scope of their practice, to serve people who are not sustainably housed in New Orleans. Street Nurses would provide much needed rapid HIV/STD/HepC testing, wound care, medication management, harm reduction education, and preventative healthcare incorporating the use of handheld, laboratory diagnostics. The Street Nurses would work with a team of social workers for Medicaid enrollment, access to safe housing or low-barrier shelters, and a route to mental health care or substance use treatment, if applicable and desired. Street Nurses would have a relationship with the community including: the police force, EMTs, and city hospital to better serve those needing immediate, hospital admission.”

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