About The Team

Meet The Nurses Behind The Project

Joanna Seltzer
Jan 31 · 2 min read

The Nurses You Should Know team formed in December 2020 to envision a digital space to elevate the stories of nurses of color.

We believe nursing requires all of us to shape and transform the profession and improve outcomes for patients and communities.

Given the lack of space and attention towards the stories of nurses of color over the centuries, our editorial decision to highlight the contributions of nurses of color is designed to intentionally narrow the representation gap seen throughout the historical and present day nursing narrative.

Meet The Team

It takes a collaborative brain trust of nurses, designers, strategists, and equity allies to launch something this mighty.

Project Lead

Research Team

  • Monique Cobbs, RN, MSN, Clinical Development Specialist at Hartford HealthCare at Home
  • Ravenne Aponte, PhD Student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Advisement

  • Dr. Sandy Cayo, Member of Omicron Chi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc / Black Nurse Association of NYC and Vice President of Clinical Practice and Transformation at New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Dr. Sheldon Fields, First Vice President and National Health Policy Chair of National Black Nurse Association, Founding Former Chapter President of Greater NYC Black Nurses Association, and Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion at Penn State Nursing
  • Dr. Layla Qaabidh, President of Omicron Chi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. and Associate Dean at Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • Dr. Kamila Barnes, President of Theta Chi Chapter, Inc. of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., 2nd VP Of Greater NYC Black Nurses Association, Inc. (Founding Member), and Assistant Professor at LIU-Brooklyn School of Nursing
  • Dr. Selena Gilles, Programming Chair of Greater NYC Black Nurses Association (Founding Member) and Director of NYU Undergraduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor
  • Dr. Oriana Beaudet, Vice President of Innovation at American Nurse Association
  • Karen Frazier Somerville, Vice President and General Manager at American Nurses Association
  • Wendy Ellman, Director of Product Outcomes and Integrations at American Nurses Association

Visual Design Contributors

Mentors

  • Dr. Nancy Hanrahan, Chief Science Officer at Nurse Approved LLC, co-founder of Society of Nurses Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders (SONSIEL), and Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship mentor.

Join Us

Meet some of the nurses you should know by following Nurses You Should Know on Medium, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and @KnowNurses on Twitter.

Thank you for joining us in sharing these impactful stories across the internet.

Joanna Seltzer

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Driven by dynamic collaborations that improve human-centered healthcare design and nudge the status quo.

Nurses You Should Know

Started by nurses, the Nurses You Should Know Project is a collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness to the contributions of nurses of color in the nursing profession and healthcare at large.

Joanna Seltzer

Written by

Driven by dynamic collaborations that improve human-centered healthcare design and nudge the status quo.

Nurses You Should Know

Started by nurses, the Nurses You Should Know Project is a collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness to the contributions of nurses of color in the nursing profession and healthcare at large.

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