To celebrate the launch of the Year of the Nurse, American Nurse Journal launched its My Nurse Influencer program to feature some of the greatest online nurse influencers! These influencers bring a fresh perspective to our journal and offer our readers more diverse topic matter. We are also thrilled to offer these influencers a platform to share their voices.

We hope you enjoy our influencer program, and if you are interested in learning more, contact Lydia Kim, Digital Content Editor at LKim@healthcommedia.com.

Hope & Healing with Cherissa Jackson

Cherissa Jackson served 23 years of active duty military service with 10 of those years as an U.S. Air Force Nurse. She is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, having served a total of 3 combat deployments where she honed her expertise as a battlefield clinician. 

 Following her honorable service, Jackson became an ambassador and advocate for persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She was inducted into the SHEROES United Organization  Hall of Fame and traveled to Rome, Italy in November 2016 in order to collaborate with the Vatican, the Nation of Congo, and the city of Amatrice, Italy to help advance a global discussion on eliminating stigmas associated with PTSD.  She has a non-profit that saves the lives of women from cervical cancer called “Project Give Hope” and has travelled internationally to Uganda in 2017, and 2018 and will be traveling overseas in 2020. Follow Cherissa on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.

American Nurse welcomes Cherissa Jackson, “America’s Combat Nurse”

Live at the Table interview with Navy Veteran, Denetra Hampton Often times women are omitted from board room discussions or asked to be a part...

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN is the Dean and a Professor of Nursing at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse since 1980 and has clinical, teaching, and practice expertise in cardiovascular science and the care of vulnerable populations. Across her career, she has been committed to developing innovative models of person-centered care delivery and evidence-based teaching.

Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Isabel Hampton Robb Distinguished Scholar in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore. She also holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. She is the Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and the author of more than 130 journal articles and book chapters. She is an active social media user, content developer, and public thought leader. She has published op-eds in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Health Affairs Blog, Huffington Post, PBS, and others.

Amidst COVID-19, virtual reality makes “social distancing” simulation possible

Leadership of the simulation center at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been investigating how to bring virtual simulation to life for some...

Nurse Keith's Corner

Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, and author.

With two decades of nursing experience, Keith understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s podcast, The Nurse Keith Show, offers inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful lives and careers.

Keith’s message of savvy career management reaches nurses worldwide and he can be found on social media, as well as at NurseKeith.com.

The COVID-19 pandemic: Rethinking your nursing career

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world on every level imaginable, and nurses’ lives and careers are not immune. Nurses may find themselves on...

New Nursing with Theresa Brown

Theresa Brown, BSN, RN, FAAN, is Clinical Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her most recent book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, was a New York Times bestseller. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and also writes for CNN.com. She has been interviewed on the NPR program “Fresh Air,” and has appeared on “Hardball,” and MSNBC live. Brown writes and speaks about nursing, health care and end of life care. She has a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Her kids inspired her to leave academia and pursue nursing. It is a career change she has never regretted. Please visit Theresa’s website, TheresaBrownRN.com, and on Twitter at @TheresaBrown.

Define nurse (in three words or less)

Saying precisely what a frontline nurse does should be the easiest thing in the world: care coordinator, final check on all orders, medication dispenser,...

Ask Nurse Alice

Nurse Alice Benjamin is a nationally board certified and award-winning Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in cardiovascular health, she makes regular appearances on television encouraging audiences across America to make healthy choices daily to counter life’s emotional and physical stressors. Nurse Alice teaches the importance of a balanced, happy life. She teaches lifestyle changes that people can use today for a healthier tomorrow.

Making it her business to keep her finger on America’s pulse, this nurse entrepreneur, media personality and mother, it’s no wonder that she’s affectionately known as America’s Favorite Nurse.

You can find more about Nurse Alice on her website, and through her social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

American Nurse welcomes “America’s Favorite Nurse,” Nurse Alice

What does year of the nurses mean for nurses? The World Health Organization (WHO) designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and...

The Relentless School Nurse

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 20th year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. She serves on several national boards including The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), a gun violence prevention research non-profit organization and the National Board of Certification for School Nurses (NBCSN).

Robin is the Legislative Chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA). She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor.

Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. You can also follow her on Twitter at @RobinCogan.

My preparation ritual includes Sara Bareilles, tears & tissues

It took about 2 hours for my heart rate to return to normal after my interview with Lisa Ling. When I am preparing to...

52 Nurse Profiles with Maria Smilios

Maria Smilios is spending 2020 writing about nurses. She is featuring a nurse a week throughout this year celebrating the untold stories of nurses who have had been hidden or forgotten over the years. This project grew out of a book that Maria wrote called Black Angels, the untold story of the African-American Nurses who helped cure Tuberculosis. It is an Oprah Book with a forthcoming publication date.

In celebration of 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, author Maria Smilios is dedicating a weekly column about nurses whose stories must be shared. I am thankful that Maria has invited The Relentless School Nurse to share this important initiative.

#6 of 52 nurse profiles: Ann Bradford Stokes

In celebration of 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, author Maria Smilios is dedicating a weekly column about nurses whose stories must be...

Travel Nursing with Sarah Gray

Sarah is the Founding Clinician at Trusted Health, the career platform for the modern nurse. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Nursing School and began her nursing career at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Prior to moving away from the bedside, she was a Clinical Nurse III and an Evidence Based Practice Fellow, and served on multiple hospital-wide committee boards.

At Trusted, she utilizes her clinical insight and passion for innovation to change how nurses manage their careers and solve for inefficiencies within healthcare staffing.

You can connect with Sarah on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

tax day 2020

Understanding taxes as a travel nurse

It’s April, which means that tax season is upon us. If you’re like me, filing for taxes has been the last thing on your...

The Dauntless Nurse

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, is an internationally recognized patient safety and health culture expert. Kathleen has spoken on leadership, communication, patient safety, and peer relationships to hospital executives and nurse leaders for twenty years.

Kathleen is also a guest Op Ed writer to the Seattle Times and has been interviewed twice on NPR’s “People’s Pharmacy”. Her Tedx Talk calls for changing our belief system from a hierarchy to equality in order to keep our patients safe – and also explains how disaster thrust her into ‘the best profession ever’.

You can also find more information about Kathleen on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Nursing fiction?

Imagine the year is 2030... Casey, a Complex Labor and Delivery nurse, notices that her patient, a young mother, rarely makes eye contact while holding...

The Inspiration Nurse

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN is known as The Inspiration Nurse.  She is a powerhouse of energy, wisdom, and humor and has been referred to as a positive force of nature who lights a path for others to follow. Donna is co-host of the Talent Brand Show podcast, the original “Dear Donna” columnist at Nurse.com, and a sought-after keynote speaker. She is a fierce advocate for nurses and for nursing empowerment. She has authored several books. Donna is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), a certified meditation teacher, Reiki Master, and Certified Forest Therapy Guide. She runs annual retreats for nurses: Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice®. Donna is a member of the advisory boards of the National Nurses in Business Association and the Institute for Nursing in NJ. She is a life-long Jersey Girl with attitude and chutzpah to spare!  Learn more about Donna at www.DonnaCardillo.com. You can also find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest.

Creating a positive workplace

Countless research studies show that having a positive attitude leads to good health, happiness, and feelings of wellbeing and self-worth. Research also tells us...