An Open Letter on the vital importance of empathy in STEM

Nursing Activism Think Tank participant Rachel Walker just shared this information about a letter-writing campaign that many who follow this blog might want to see!  Here is her message:

UMASS professors Dr. Sarah Perry, Dr. Sandra Petersen and I have recently penned an open letter on the vital importance of empathy in STEM. Our letter is addressed to the task force currently writing the next 5-year Federal Strategic Plan for STEM education.

You can read our letter here

And if you wish, add your signature as well:

(And please note, this letter is an exercise in academic freedom. We are proposing our views, not an official position of the University.)

Adeline Falk-Rafael (1943 – )

Inspiration for Activism: Part II.

  • Spoke truth to power in advocating for publicly funded, not-for-profit health care.
  • Initiated a lobby group to persuade Federal Health Minister to include

    Adeline Falk-Rafael

    health promotion in universal health care legislation.

  • Emphasized social determinants of health during time as President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
  • Author of cutting-edge scholarship focused on emancipatory nursing and the theory of Critical Caring in nursing (also see titles listed below).
  • Advocated strongly for nurses to be conferred with the academic degrees commensurate with their program of study.
  • Taught leadership to Internationally Educated Nurses, highlighting political activism as a form of leadership


Protesting outside the Ontario legislature to bring attention to our demands for increased nursing staffing in nursing homes.

Adeline’s York University web page

Chinn, P.L. & Falk-Rafael (In press). Embracing the focus of the discipline of nursing: Critical caring pedagogy. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Falk-Rafael, A.R. (In press). Critical Caring. In Smith, M. (Ed.) Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (6th ed.) F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.

Chinn, P.L. & Falk-Rafael, A.R. (2017). Critical caring as a requisite for peace leadership. In Amaldas, S. & Bryne, S. (Eds.), Peace Leadership: The Quest for Connectedness. Routledge: New York.

Chinn, P.L. & Falk-Rafael, A.R. (2015). Peace and Power: A theory of emancipatory group process. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(1), 62-69.

Falk-Rafael, A. & Bradley, P. (2014). Towards Justice in Health: An exemplar of speaking truth to power. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(3), 224-234.

Sue Hagedorn (1945 – )

Inspiration for Activism Part II – 

  • Community and peace organizer before and after becoming a nurse
  • Early pediatric and women’s nurse practitioner with focus on adolescent

    Sue Hagedorn

    care and domestic violence

  • First comprehensive school-based high school health center  in Massachusetts
  • Dissertation about Activist Caring
  • Activist Caring published in ANS in 1995: “The politics of caring: The role of activism in primary care.
  • Documentary Filmmaking: More than 20 films about nursing and social justice
  • Co-organizer of the 2018 Nursing Activism Think Tank

More information here.

Join our Nursing Activism email list!

In the wake of our amazing Nursing Activism Think Tank, we have established a “Nursing Activism” email group! To join, fill out the request form below (you can also join here).  The email group is dedicated to supporting all forms of nursing activism, sharing information, and encouraging one another in taking bold action to promote health and wellbeing. Join us to stay connected!

Peggy L Chinn (1941 – )

Inspiration for Activism: Part II.

  • Early advocate for feminist perspectives in nursing.

    Peggy Chinn

  • Founding participant in the founding of “Cassandra: Radical Feminist Nurses Network.
  • Co-founder, with Sue Hagedorn and Richard Cowling, of the NurseManifest Project .
  • Founding Editor of Advances in Nursing Science, providing an avenue for cutting-edge scholarship in nursing since 1978.
  • Author of “Peace and Power: New Directions for Building Community.”
  • Participated in establishing the LGBTQIA+ Nursing Section within GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Health Equality.
  • Founder and web manager for, a resource center for reliable LGBTQ+ health information and resources for health care professionals, educators, policy-makers and consumers. The primary mission of the project is to promote high-level wellness for LGBTQ+ people.
  • Co-initiator, with Sue Hagedorn and Adeline Falk-Rafael, of the 2018 Nursing Activism Think Tank to inspire and validate nursing activism.

More Information:
Peggy’s website
NurseEducator Praxis