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I’m Taking A Break

July 12th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

Nurse Paulette Castle sure looks happy, and why wouldn’t she? She’s taking a break from her job. I’m not so lucky. I’m working 40 hours a week at my regular job instead of my weekend alternative hours, so for the next month I’m taking a hiatus from my column. More time at work means I’ll have less time for blogging. I bet there is a laptop computer in Paulette’s briefcase, and ... More »

Texas’ Nurse on Capitol Hill

July 5th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

When Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) entered nursing school, she knew she wanted to help people by improving their lives. When she entered the profession as a new graduate, she never could have imaged how her career would unfold. Johnson, the first nurse to serve in the U.S. House, represents Texas’ 30th district, is working to improve the lives of all Americans. Johnson’s career in public service began in 1972 when she was ... More »

Leadership In Nursing Research

June 28th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

The National Institute of Nursing Research is one of the newest departments at the National Institutes of Health. It also has the smallest staff and an even smaller budget than the other 26 institutes and centers of NIH. Working against this backdrop, Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN is leading a group of nurse researchers who are changing how our health care system cares for the dying and our most vulnerable citizens. Patricia A. ... More »

The Write Stuff

June 21st, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

Today’s column is going to be a little different. I’m writing about someone that I met a long time ago that changed the course of my professional life. I’m not alone. She’s helped countless nurses find their voice as nurse writers. I first interviewed Jeanne Sorrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, back in 1999 when I started writing for Nursing Spectrum Magazine. Dr. Sorrell is a professor of nursing at George Mason University ... More »

Environmental Avenger, Social Reformer, Nurse

June 14th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

Dorothy Powell, RN, EdD, FAAN, is seeking global environmental and social justice. As director of Duke University’s Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI), Powell is working to reduce health disparities among the world’s most vulnerable populations, and to advance the practice of nursing. Powell’s interest in the environmental and social justice movement started in her youth. While living in Vance County, North Carolina, Powell’s uncle and other community leaders fought an epic ... More »

Trailblazing A New Path For Nurses

June 7th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

Retired Maryland State Senator Rosalie Silber Abrams tells nurses that, collectively, we hold enormous power in the political arena, but because most nurses feel their voices aren’t being heard, they choose not to become involved in politics. Rosalie, a nurse, social reformer, and advocate for the nursing profession knows better. As the first woman in Maryland to chair the Maryland Democratic Party and to hold the position of Senate Majority Leader, Rosalie is ... More »

You Can Trust Representative Tami Green. She’s a Nurse.

May 31st, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

It's true, you can trust a nurse. Rep. Tami Green, RN, entered politics in 2000 when she ran for the Washington State House of Representatives. Tami said she threw her hat into the ring because she didn’t like how she was being represented at the state house. She lost the race. Four years later she ran again, and out of the 40,000 votes cast, she won by 253 votes, or one-tenth of a percent. ... More »

The Office of the National Nurse

May 24th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

Teri Mills, RN, MS, ANP, an instructor at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, had an idea, so she wrote down her thoughts in a letter and mailed it to the New York Times. Teri's letter quickly caught the attention of the American public. On May 5, 2005 the The New York Times published Teri's op/ed in which she called for the establishment of the Office of the National Nurse. Teri's letter ... More »

Florence Nightingale’s Protégé

May 17th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN is a modern day Florence Nightingale. Dossey is a trailblazer in holistic nursing, and is a founding board member and International Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Ottawa, Canada and Washington, D.C. The NIGH is committed to empowering nurses and other health care workers and educators to become 21st Century Nightingales, working in the local, national, and global community to build a health world. Dossey is the ... More »

Where is Clara Barton?

May 10th, 2007  |  Following the Leaders

When I was in nursing school, my favorite class was nursing history. We learned about the accomplishments of many nursing pioneers, and how their work saved lives while impacting our nation’s history. Of course, we spent hours talking about the accomplishments of Florence Nightingale, but as an amateur Civil War buff, the nurses who served during the Civil War especially intrigued to me. My favorite Civil War nurse is Clara Barton. She was quite a ... More »

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