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.
As the lead blogger for the NurseManifest project, I wish all of our followers peace and power for the holidays! We are taking a holiday break from our weekly blog schedule featuring inspirations for activism, but we will return no later than January 8th! We are looking forward to a new year with growing nursing activism both large and small! The very existence of our “Inspiration for Activism” blog series is in itself a manifestation of nursing activism. Just to browse through both the Part I and the growing Part II galleries provides a landscape of the breadth and depth of influence that nurses have had, and continue to have, in relation to health and well-being!
If you have not yet shared your story of nurse activism, we want to hear from you! We have a handy form that you can use to start the process! Fill out what you can on the form, and we will work with you to add you and your activism to this very important record! If you need inspiration, browse our Part II and Part I “inspiration” galleries!
Here’s to 2019 Nurse Manifesting! Peggy
Reminder! Piri, Louisa, and I are conducting a study to learn more about experiences with incivility in nursing learning environments, as well as to identify strategies for promoting a culture of civility. We are still accepting responses, and hope to hear from you before the end of the year!
Please click here to learn more about who we are, how this study developed, and why we decided to pursue this topic.
We hope you will take 10-15 minutes to complete a 9-question survey, share your insights, and help nurses and future nurses learn in a culture of civility. This study is open to all nurses. You get to decide if you want to answer as a student or a faculty member. You don’t have to be either right now, just think back to when you were last in the classroom or clinical learning environment.
Click here to begin the survey.
Thank you, in advance, for helping nurses learn and grow, with a goal of making learning environments welcoming and respectful for all.
Jessica Dillard-Wright and Vanessa Haas-Shields are cooking up another nursing activism think tank! They just announced the location and dates on the new website RadicalNurses.com! Here is what they posted:
. . . sustained through our collaborative efforts here at radicalnurses.com, and emboldened by the power of sharing our ideas, we would like to announce our very own nurse activism think tank. We are calling it “Activism and the Art of Nursing” and we want you to join us. We know that nursing is an art. We know many of you are artists. We want to explore the idea of the art of nursing and the connections between art, activism, and nursing. So save the dates – July 13 and 14 in Augusta, Georgia – and sign up here
(https://goo.gl/forms/Mt8MMjFW7V5ORT5s1) to stay in the loop. More details to follow. We are very excited and hope to see you this summer. (see the full post here)
This is exactly what everyone involved last summer hoped could happen going forward!!! Follow RadicalNurses to find out more, and if you are interested in doing something similar in your area – go for it!! Let us know of your ideas and plans and we will support what you do in any way we can!!
Inspiration for Activism Part II –
Last Tuesday – the youngest Black woman elected to U.S. Congress! Read more about Lauren here, and watch the Rachel Maddow interview the day after the election!