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Nurse, professor, scholar, editor. #Antiracist #Disruptor #DecolonizeNursing #HumanRights #DisabledNurse #Lupus She/Her/Ella Views are mine, only.
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Aug 2, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
I asked Chat GPT to tell me about a nurse named Dr. Anna Valdez. It was confused and said that nurses are not generally doctors unless they are also MDs. Image This highlights both the limitations and bias that is inherent in #AI. It is often inaccurate and at times it fabricates information. Machines learn from available information which means it will pull the same biases that are present in society.
Dec 26, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
Resilience in nursing: A🧵
When the concept of resilience emerged in nursing, I was in support of building effective coping strategies, moral courage, and resilience in nursing. I imagined nurses having the resilience to manage specific traumatic events, like loss of life. I did not imagine nurses being gaslit into thinking that they are suffering burnout and mental/physical fatigue because they are not resilient enough.
Nov 11, 2022 26 tweets 7 min read
Words matter.
As a #DisabledNurse I often deal with #ableism in my professional life. Today I was attending a national meeting and want to share what happened. It is not my intent to embarrass or call anyone out. I want to share my perspective with hope it helps ppl. When I know better I do better and I try to share my learnings. I was listening to an excellent webinar by a person who clearly had mastery of the topic today. During the presentation, that I paid to attend, they used the term “lame” several times to mean boring or not creative.
Oct 18, 2022 7 tweets 1 min read
Thoughts on racism for nurses...
Note: I am not saying only nurses need this information. I teach nurses. This is my lane.

In my DEI work, I hear the same statements from nurses repeatedly. I want to share a few and discuss why they are problematic. "I have been a nurse for XX years, and I have never seen racism in healthcare."

This is a good indicator that your privilege is working. You are likely not experiencing racism and do not recognize it because you are unaffected and have not invested time trying to learn.
Jun 3, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
Being a #disabled #nurse is hard - a 🧵 I might delete because this is uncomfortable to share.

I have had #Lupus and several other autoimmune disorders for 20 years and it is frustrating, painful, and at times debilitating. I don’t talk about my health or what I go through openly because I am afraid that ppl will withhold opportunities or overlook me because I am “sick”. I don't even share how sick I am with most of my family.
Feb 26, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
I’ll share my #firstgen story. I did not even consider college because I did not think I would be “eligible” even though I did well in high school. No counselor every talked to me about college. I think it was because I was poor and had worked in high school 1/ I got pregnant at 16 and was told “I would never be anything”. I dropped out of HS in my junior year and had my daughter at 17. I had no idea how I could support her. 2/
Dec 17, 2020 10 tweets 3 min read
#COVID19 thread – Trigger alert. I am so angry with America today. I am angry at people who call #COVID19 a hoax or refuse to wear masks and physically distance. 1/ I am angry at the government who has failed to provide any leadership to control this pandemic. Their inaction has killed over 300,000 Americans. 2/
Sep 6, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
Why is garbage like this still being published? This is from the newest edition of Nurse as Educator. It is the textbook for a course I am teaching (not selected by me). This is the section on teaching Black/AA people. 1/ First question - why do white nurses feel they need to have a section on how to teach “others”. What makes them think non white cis hetero folx learn differently and need special “strategies” ? Wait, I know - racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. 2/
Aug 5, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
🧵 I am listening to the autobiography of Assata Shakur and thinking about the ways that nursing is complicit in surveillance, policing, and racism. I am struck by how nurses were complicit in torturing Ms. Shakur and how at least one nurse stood in the way of abuse. 1/ I am sitting with the ways that I have been complicit in policing my patients both intentionally and unintentionally. I am also sitting with the ways I have policed nursing students. I am disappointed and hopeful at the same time. 2/
Jul 24, 2020 16 tweets 4 min read
Thread: I am packing up my stethoscope tonight to donate to @artayyeb for the memorial art project he is building to honor health care professionals who have died of COVID-19. It has me sentimental tonight. I was given this stethoscope by my friends when I was a young ED nurse. I was very poor in nsg school and could not afford a good one. They pitched in and bought me a Littman. I remember feeling better about myself when I put it around my neck like my worth increased that day.
May 23, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Thread for #NurseTwitter - At this point in the year, I am normally attending pinning ceremonies and welcoming new #nurses into the profession. I am often giving speeches and fighting back tears of joy as I look at the graduates on the stage. 1/4 I choke up as tears roll down my face because I know the barriers these new nurses overcame to be here at this moment. Some of them have pushed past incredible challenges. I understand that they are entering the workforce with a heart for nursing and a desire to serve others. 2/4