Nurses have always been vital to human existence.
A nurse was likely there when you were born and a nurse might well be there when you die. Familiar in hospitals and doctors’ offices, these dedicated health professionals can also be found in schools, prisons, and people’s homes; at summer camps; on cruise ships, and even at NASA. Despite being celebrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are often undermined and undervalued in ways that reflect misogyny and racism, which extends to their working conditions and affects the care available to everyone. Yet, the potential power of nursing to create a healthier, more just world endures.
Journalist Sarah DiGregorio explores the complicated story of nursing in Taking Care: The Revolutionary Story of Nursing. DiGregorio chronicles the lives of nurses past and tells the stories of today’s nurses — caregivers at the vital intersection of health care and community who are actively changing the world, often invisibly. Combining storytelling with nuanced reporting, DeGregorio examines how humans have succeeded — and sometimes failed — at caring for each other. She is joined at Town Hall by writer Angela Garbes to discuss the nurses of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.