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

Rula Al Safar


Inspiration for Activism

  • Advocates for medical neutrality
  • Stood up to injustice in Bahrain during the Arab Spring in 2011 & put her life on the line to treat injured protesters.
  • Jailed & held for 5 months in a Bahranian prison where she was tortured.
  • President of the Bahraini Nursing Society

More information here and here

Wait List for the Nursing Activism Think Tank


We have reached the point of shifting to a “wait list” for the Nursing Activism Think Tank – which means over 50 nurses have completed the Think Tank Interest Form.  But do not let this stop you, if you are interested!  Complete the form now for a couple of reasons:

  • One, a place might open up, and we will contact the next person on the wait list as soon as this happens. We will confirm the commitment to attend with those on the “attending” list by May 1st.  There may be openings any time, but if you are on the wait list, we should be able to let you know by May 1st at the latest.
  • Two, this will inspire us to consider additional ways to support everyone who is interested in this kind of opportunity.  We know this is happening already just be announcing that we are doing this, and by posting our “inspirations for activism” series every Tuesday and Friday, featuring nurses past and present who are engaged in activism in many different ways.

So if you are interested in what is happening, follow this blog, and never hesitate to let us know your ideas – we have a contact form for that!!

Think Tank is reaching capacity!


This is one of those situations that brings great joy and great sadness at the same time!  We are almost to our capacity of 50 nurses who are planning, or hoping to participate in the Nursing Activism Think Tank in July, and once we reach that number we will have to start a waiting list.  The great joy is that so many nurses are coming forward to declare that activism in nursing is alive and well – just knowing that this is true is an inspiration!  The great sadness is that our capacity is limited for a face-to-face gathering such as this.

We will continue to encourage people to complete the interest form and will let people know the status of your “place” on the list.  All confirmations will be finalized by May 1st.

We will continue to explore ways to support nursing activism – it may be possible to organize other similar face-to-face gatherings.  In fact we hope by organizing this gathering we inspire others to do the same!  If you are interested in doing something similar in the future, let us know – we will do what we can to support what you envision!  We will also share, on this website, what we learn from the July Think Tank!  So stay tuned!

More important information – Nursing Activism Think Tank!


We  are thrilled and amazed at the response so far to our Nursing Think Tank invitation!  We initially envisioned a “small group” – perhaps a dozen!  But clearly, we were wrong!  So here is an update for everyone who is interested in this project, whether you can participate in person or not!  If you have not yet read through the initial invitation, please do before you read the rest of this post!  Also notice that there is a “Nursing Activism Think Tank” menu on the right sidebar of all NurseManifest pages, with links to everything related to this project!  Here are the latest tidbits, including how you can be involved if you can’t participate, and how to make sure you are all set to participate if you can!

  • We may need to limit the number of participants to about 50; once we reach that number we will develop a waiting list, with preliminary confirmation by May 1, and final confirmation by July 1.  If this is necessary, we will organize the “cut off” on a “first come” basis.
  • The way to get on the “participant list” is to complete the “Interest form.” This is not a “registration” in the traditional sense – it is what we say it is – your declaration of interest in attending and how certain you feel now about being able to be there!  There are several options to indicate how certain you are about being able to actually attend – so even if you have reservations about whether or not you can do this, but you are interested in doing so, send us your interest form as soon as possible.
  • We are inviting people who can to donate to a fund to help nurses who might not be able to participate without some financial assistance – so if you can donate, please do!  Of course we have a form for this, and you can use any major credit card.
  • If you want to participate but money is an issue, there is a place on the interest form to let us know!   We will divide up the donation fund among everyone who needs assistance, and will let everyone know how this is going to work out by May 1.  We are not “judging” financial need or merit – if you tell us you need assistance, you are on the list!
  • Speaking of “sponsorship” – we gratefully acknowledge the University of Amherst College of Nursing – they are generously providing the space for our gathering at no cost!  We will post more information about the exact location closer to the date, but rest assured that the College and the University will be a terrific site, and will do all they can to help us make this event a big success!
  • We will be sending periodic detailed information to everyone who indicates your interest – including information about the other people interested in participating in your region, so that you can arrange car pools or connect for any other reason.  For those arriving at either Hartford-Springfield or Boston Logan airport, we will facilitate transportation to Amherst; there may be a fee involved for this but we will help make this as affordable as possible.
  • Follow this blog to have updates delivered to your email inbox – and also to keep pace with the “Inspiration for Activism” series that we are posting between now and the end of July.  If you have a nurse activist to suggest, please use our form to send us the information we need.
  • Most important – still have questions? Let us know!  Use our contact form for the Nursing Activism Think Tank