Act now to participate: a protest quilt honoring refugee children who have died seeking asylum


Announced today on the Radical Nurses website!

Jane Hopkins Walsh just announced a quick call to activism, and a way to participate in the Augusta, GA Nursing Activism Think Tank whether you can be there or not!  Jane is making a protest quilt in honor of the refugee children who have died while seeking asylum since 2016.

Please send Jane 12 by 12 inch pieces of fabric by July 5, 2019. You can send plain fabric or write a message or phrase in sharpie pen.

This will be a drifting, community-based, international activism project. Message Jess Dillard-Wright for the exact address for sending fabric

2019 Nursing Activism Think Tank just around the corner!


Yes!  July 13 -14, 2019 activist nurses will gather in Augusta, Georgia  – focused on Activism and the Art of Nursing!  This think tank is hosted by Jessica Dillard-Wright and Vanessa Shields-Haas – and you can see more information on the Radical Nurses Website here!  The format for 2019 is similar to our 2018 Think Tank .. it will be two days of reflection, discussion, exploration and connection to inspire activism with other nurses, and to move into action together as nurses!

Use this form to sign up and stay in the loop!

Improving Student Wellness by Understanding Microaggressions


Piri Ackermann-Barger, who is working with other Nursemanifesters on projects to promote civility in nursing, is presenting a webinar “Improving Student Wellness by Understanding Microaggressions” on April 9, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET.  This webinar is sponsored by the nursing Campaign for Action – the nation-wide initiative to put into place the “Future of Nursing” recommendations issued in 2012.

Piri is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and co-director of the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program, both at UC Davis. She is also an adviser on diversity issues for the Campaign for Action.

Visit the Campaign for Action website to learn more and to register for this event!  There is no cost, but you need to register to attend!

Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030


The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 will be holding a public session onWednesday, March 20, 2019, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM ET, online and at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC.

This committee has been tasked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and to chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.

Through the course of the study, the committee will meet several times. This public session is one of the many processes that the committee will use to gather information and assemble evidence that members will examine and discuss in the course of making the committee’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The focus of this public session is for the committee to clarify the scope of the charge with the study sponsor and initiate the process of gathering relevant information related to the study. Future public sessions will focus on specific topic areas and be conducted in other locations.

This public session will be accessible via webinar and in-person attendance (seating is limited).

Please register online by 12pm ET on March 20, 2019, to receive an email with the instructions on how to join this public session.

More information about the study can be found here.

What: Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030
When: March 20, 2019, from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm ET
Where: Online and in person at National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
How: Click here to register online by 12 pm ET on March 20, 2019

Geraldine Gorman


Inspiration for Activism Part II –

I had the good fortune to attend the nursing activism think tank last summer in Amherst, MA. Since then, here is how activism unfolded thus far in 2019:

  • The introductory course I taught to our graduate entry students last fall fragmented along political and racial divides. It happened so quickly it caught me off guard. I tried many ways to bridge the chasm, including bringing in a facilitator to conduct a restorative justice peace circle. I will be metabolizing those lessons for a long time to come. It left me breathless.
  • In late Oct/early November I joined a 23 person peace delegation to Israel/Palestine. It was a bracing immersion into the necessity of what we so breezily call ‘intersectionality.’ I was stunned by the bravery, fortitude and persistence of lives lived in true non-violent resistance.
  • At my College we continue our work in Cook County Jail, with the men and women detained within a foul system and with the men and the women work within it.
  • I took restorative justice training in circle keeping and am itchy to try it out in the jail, in the community, in my College classrooms and conference rooms.
  • I designed and am now facilitating an elective course in Primary Prevention of War and Peace Promotion.
  • When I can, I travel north to an interdenominational monastery run by women to relearn the essential value of stillness.

Geraldine Gorman teaches public health nursing, cultural fluency and ethics and the grief, loss and dying course in the hospice/palliative care certificate program. She has also designed a primary prevention of war elective. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and through the Peace Caucus, is a founding member of the Primary Prevention of War group. She is an advocate for the inclusion of the humanities in nursing education and practice.