Mental health. Accessibility to education. Inclusion. Advocacy. Career Advancement. These are all things that nurses struggle with on a daily basis and yet, who is pushing to make these changes to support those that support patients the most?
These nurses have proven to be at the front of what change looks like and we are honored to highlight them as this year’s list of nurses changing the industry, in honor of Black History Month.
Specialty: Long-term care; quality assurance; and infection control and prevention.
Portia is passionate about nurses protecting their mental health and advocates for healthcare literacy and has worked with organizations such as Nurse.org, The Nurse Link, and Trusted Healthcare.
“When people understand what they’re being taught and that when the person teaching looks like them, it improves patient outcomes.”
She currently owns a digital marketing agency, The PW Agency that supports growth in healthcare practices while building their brand presence through high-ranking content and local search engines.
“We’re known for turning complex medical concepts and terminology into engaging, informative, and relatable content – all without our clients needing to spend hours explaining industry terms and verbiage to us..”
Interested in building trust with your patients, making your brand stand out, and creating content that converts readers? You can learn more about growing your business with Portia here.
Specialty: Experienced in ER, Surgical/Trauma ICU, Neuro ICU, Fixed-wing Flight Nursing, PACU, and even moonlighted in MICU and Burn ICU.
Murse Mike is a Critical-Care per diem nurse from Savannah, GA whose goal is to help other nurses step outside the box and get a step closer to freedom from the traditional way of working.
“I was able to triple my nursing income by simply making the jump that others are most times intimidated to do. In the future, I look forward to enlightening future generations on non-traditional career options and how to ensure they get an ROI on their educational investment.”
Murse Mike now channels his experience and knowledge through consulting, keynote speaking, and private forums that help guide nurses to gain confidence and insight into their nursing journeys. Book a session with him here.
Kelita Raphael aka NurseKay
Specialty: Med-surg/telemetry progressive care unit that is currently COVID medicine and has been in the nursing field for 9 years (4 years LPN, 5 years RN).
Nursekay entered the nursing field at the age of 16 in a high school-based LPN program and has since then continued to grow with the field that she loves. Now a 5-year RN, she is passionate about helping prospective nurses, nursing students, and new nurses find the tools they need to succeed!
“I believe in strong advocacy for the nursing profession and aspire to create opportunities for health equity in all communities.
I also love making people laugh which is why I started creating TikToks based on funny and sometimes crazy parts of healthcare.”
NusreKay shares practical advice on how to apply and interview for jobs, preceptorship dos and don’ts, and tips on how to deal with industry challenges. Check out ‘From Student to Nurse e-book survival guide of anecdotes, and models to help any recent grad become comfortable and confident in their new role as a professional nurse’.
Specialty: Clinical Nurse II and Adjunct Nursing Faculty Member in NC.
PatMac’s work focuses on increasing equitable access to nursing education and helping nurses make their careers their own. Check out his recent journal article on Decolonizing entry to practice: methods to facilitate diversity in nursing programs. Want to work with PatMac? You and schedule a request here.
Currently an active member of:
– Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
– Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN), Co-Chair of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Taskforce
– Peer Reviewer and Journal Editorial Board Member for Teaching and Learning in Nursing (TELN) journal
– Nurseology Nursing Theory Collective