Here are the people involved in the Nurse Manifest Project, what each one is doing related to the project, and some words of inspiration! We are shown in the chronological order we became involved.

Sue Hagedorn


Sue is a co-founder of this project, and is also involved in the research that we are conducting through this project. She is a filmmaker and political activist, teaches at the University of Colorado School of Nursing, and provides nursing care to high-risk care in the city of Denver.


Peggy Chinn


Peggy is a co-founder of this project and takes and currently leads the web management team.  She participated in each of the NurseManifest research projects, and blogs for this project and the related “Nurse Educator Praxis” blog. She is the founding Editor of Advances in Nursing Science, has taught nursing in several universities, and has been an avid activist giving voice to feminist ideas in nursing. Currently she is actively involved in the Nursing Section of GLMA:Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. She is co-editor with Paula Kagan and Marlaine Smith of the 2014 book “Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis”
From Peggy: “This project speaks to the most fundamental issues facing nursing and health care. I believe that unless each of us holds a dream close to our hearts and minds, we will only continue in a path that is literally destroying our health, our integrity, and our future as nurses. The dream of NurseManifest is a huge dream, with untold possibilities. As we reach toward this dream, we open new paths, new doors, new windows, and indeed, a new future. Visit my website and blog!

Richard Cowling

Richard is co-founder of this project, was the lead scribe in writing our manifesto, and is involved in our research work. He teaches in and directs the PhD program in nursing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  He is also the Editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. Richard developed and uses a praxis method called unitary appreciative inquiry in his work with women who were abused as children.  He has been most amazed by these women who have found healing and power amidst the despair of their situations.  From Richard: “I believe that the Nurse Manifest Project responds to the call within each of us to go beyond the limited and fragmented views and practices of nursing science and art that have been evolving slowly over the last several decades. I hope to participate personally and professionally in a very active way in the reclamation of our sovereignty as nurses…an act which may heal the despair of our past and current situations.”

Adeline Falk-Rafael


Adeline taught community health nursing and leadership at York University in Toronto, Canada, where she is now a Senior Scholar. She is an originator of the research methods thatwe have developed for this project, and has extensive experience using the processes of Peace and Power in classrooms and other groups. She is a Past-President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. Her research focuses on public health nursing in Ontario, and she has written extensively on political issues and nurses’ emancipatory potential.

Marlaine Smith


Marlaine is the Dean and Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Her own research and practice focuses on holistic healing modalities and caring grounded in unitary-transformative nursing science. She has studied healing outcomes related to touch therapies such as simple touch, massage and therapeutic touch. Her passion is educating nurses who practice and conduct research from nursing’s disciplinary foundation grounded in caring and healing. She is the co-editor of Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis with Paula Kagan and Peggy Chinn, Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice with Marilyn Parker, and Caring Classics with Marian Turkel and Zane Wolf. From Marlaine: “Hello…I’m grateful to join with all who want to participate in creating a different kind of health and healing care experience for ourselves and those we serve. I am attracted to this project because it calls us to put our values into action; to imagine nursing and health care that reflect our deepest values and to MANIFEST this in our world. Also, through this project we are envisioning community as a diverse group of “like-hearted” people who virtually connect to manifest change. We can learn from each other as put our visions into actions and share our experiences…and these seeds will spread across the world and will take root and grow.”

Elizabeth Berrey


Elizabeth is retired as Director of Nursing in a Community College in New Mexico, and has been a long-time  advocate building support networks among nurses. She completed an oral history of the life of Rozella Schlotfeldt, exploring the support networks among nurses that influence and shape the life and work of an eminent nurse leader.

Carey Clark

Carey teaches nursing in Maine from a holistic perspective, and she became involved in this project as she was exploring the complex issues related to the nursing shortage. Her work on this topic was first published in the September 2002 issue of Advances in Nursing Science and the topic was revisited again in the journal in 2010. She has presented on the findings from the 2002 Nurse Manifest study at The International Human Caring Conference and The American Holistic Nurses Association Conference.
From Carey: “While I first learned about the Nurse Manifest Project as a doctoral student in 2001, I find the document to be just as valuable today as it was then. I remain greatly concerned with the evident gaps between between our caring-humanistic theories and the realities of nursing education and practice. I believe that the nurse manifest project offers us the opportunity to heal our profession and return to the sacredness of our practice.”

Jane Dickinson


Jane was involved in the 2003 research project as a group leader. Jane’s practice and research have focused primarily on diabetes, and the majority of her teaching experience has taken place in the online learning environment. She is the Program Coordinator/Faculty for the Diabetes Education and Management Master’s Program at Teachers College Columbia University. Jane also serves as a local resource for people with type 1 diabetes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She has published two books on diabetes and she blogs at Jane is currently embarking on a research journey looking at the impact of language on health in general, and diabetes specifically. Jane spreads the message of the importance of person-centered and strengths-based language through local, regional, and national presentations and writing. Jane is also interested in preparing nurse educators to use innovative approaches to teach the next generation of nurses. From Jane: “The Nurse Manifest Project embodies my passion for the nursing profession now and into the future. I hope this will be a place where nurses can come together, acknowledge the vastness and variety in what is nursing, and improve the way we work, the care we give, and the way we are received.”

Olga Jarrín


Olga was involved in the 2003 Study, and later wrote a synthesis of the focus groups’ findings that was published in Advances in Nursing Science. She went on to study the work environment for nurses as a determinant of patient outcomes through philosophical inquiry, also published in Advances in Nursing Science. She is currently a full time researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Olga’s research focuses on improving the design and delivery of home health nursing care, with the goal of improving outcomes of care for older adults. She recently completed a study showing a relationship between the work environment for nurses in 118 home health agencies and hospitalizations, published in the journal Medical Care. Her current research is funded by a Claire M. Fagin Fellowship from the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing, and a Pathway to Independence K99/R00 Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Olga is also a co-investigator on the NIH-National Institute of Nursing Research 2015 RN4CAST-US Study Panel Study of Effects of Changes in Nursing on Patient Outcomes, directed by Dr. Linda Aiken, PI.  Olga: “Shortly after I started working as a new grad in home health care, Peggy invited me to attend a support group for nurses, most of who were working in area hospitals. At the time, in 2002, I was having a wonderful experience in home health care, while many of my colleagues described stressful working conditions and lateral violence in hospitals. Since then, some states have implemented reforms to improve hospital working conditions for nurses; however in many hospitals the working conditions are still less than optimal for nurses to provide safe and effective patient care. Additionally, home health, once the ‘mecca’ or promised land for nurses to work, has been undergoing rapid changes in regulations and reimbursement, creating financial pressure in the industry that is often passed on to nurses in terms of increased workloads and reduced compensation. The NurseManifest Project continues to be a call to conscience and action for every nurse to be involved in improving the health care system for both patients and nurses.”

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