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.

 

 

Marlaine Smith (1950 – )


Inspiration for Activism Part II –

I have been an activist for the autonomy of nursing as a professional discipline. When I was 26, a young faculty member, I led a “sit-in” in the President of the University’s office to protest naming a pharmacy professor as Interim Dean of the School of Nursing. I have a letter of insubordination in my file and I remember several faculty members informing me , “your career is over”! Since that time I’ve published articles that have challenged the status quo in nursing.

Last year after the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida our students and faculty were in shock and grief. Activism and advocacy are expressions of caring, and as dean I called for a meeting of faculty, staff and students. We decided to form an activist group called Nurses Advocating for Peace and Safety (NAPS). NAPS took action to influence our legislators through letter writing campaigns, marched in the March for our Lives and the March for Families, held active shooter and shelter-in-place training, increased awareness about current gun laws not being enforced, and offered holistic care to those suffering from the trauma of the violence. NAPS is still very active.

On February 27th we are holding a forum, From Tragedy to Transformation: Reflections and Lessons Learned from the MSD Tragedy”. A parent of one of the victims, an activist himself, and a student survivor and her parent will speak with Q&A focused on continuing action.

Download a flyer for the February 27th event!  

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