Inspiration for Activism Part II –
- Participant in 2018 Nurse Activism Think Tank
- Author of blog, www.radicalnurses.com
- 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.”