67: Nurses You Should Know
Nursing’s origin story, the one that informs the profession’s identity, has, like many origin stories, overlooked, omitted, or forgotten the contributions of many, but particularly nurses of color who have shaped the nursing profession and society in significant and enduring ways and advanced person-centered care, health equity, research, racial integration, nursing education, and the performance of a vast array of health systems since the profession’s founding.
But what if nursing’s professional origin story represented the contribution and stories of all nurses? How might having an inclusive, expansive history and nursing narrative impact the diversity, cohesion, safety, and performance of our health care teams and systems and achieve our health equity goals? What if names like Mary Seacole, Hazel Johnson Brown, and Eddie Bernice Johnson were as familiar to reference as nursing icons, innovators, and game changers as Florence Nightingale? In this episode, we meet nurse innovators Ravenne Aponte, BA, BSN and Joanna Seltzer Uribe, RN, MSN, EdD (c) and their quest to introduce you to, in fun and sticky ways, NursesYouShouldKnow — and more importantly — WHY we should know them.
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