About

This blog is a collection of articles and resources that I find interesting and/or important. I hope that these resources can catalyze change and facilitate a continued conversation about the role nurses play in creating not only a just healthcare system, but also a just society.

If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. … But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
– Aboriginal Political Activists Group, 1970’s

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
– Marian Anderson

I believe that the above quotes are equally applicable to the self as they are to society. My practice as a buddhist is to be a fully present steward of the physical, psychological, social, and environmental aspects of my existence as a mean of benefitting all beings. This blog is a means of nursing universal buddha-nature.

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One Response to “About”

  1. I have been thinking a lot about racism, subtle racism, and how it plays out in what Derald Wing SUe calls “microaggressions”. I think of the death by a thousand cuts that it becomes to the person of color. ANd it is a slipping away of humanity to the white person who does it. It is micro-trauma to the person of color who has to absorb the lack of mindfulness on the part of the white person , who says “Oh you are so articulate!” thinking they are “meaning well” Maening is in the eye of the beholder, the one to whom the tiny insult is directed. I am thinking about how white nursing is. Not just how many of us are white, but how white we think. How white we act. How white we teach. It is just too white. I am thinking that there are many within nursing who want this to change, and who simply don’t know one another well enough tpo band together to say “enough”. Basta. We are healers, and so we must recognize that racism is making the whole society sick. We are about to celebrate the MLK holiday. MLK and Malcolm X gave us a chance to see the truth: That there is a way out–that we cannot play helpless and hopeless and blind. I write sometimes becuase there is just no other way to be alive, and aware. I am a nurse, and I know our hours are long. But sometimes we are working in the wrong direction. We can do better.

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