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 us.

Fidel Lim is a clinical associate professor at New York University  Meyers College of Nursing. He has worked as a critical care nurse for 18 years and concurrently, since 1996, has been a nursing faculty member. As the faculty advisor to various student groups (Asian Pacific-Islander Nursing Students Association, Men Entering Nursing, and the LGBTQ-NSA group) he has, among other things, fostered salience in nursing education through high-quality extra-curricular programming. His work as a nurse educator in a Magnet-designated hospital provides sustainable staff-focused educational support. He is particularly interested in bridging gaps in nurse engagement and practice excellence. Fidel has published many articles on an array of topics, including clinical practice, nursing education issues, LGBT health disparities, reflective practice, men in nursing, nursing humanities, and Florence Nightingale. 
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Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing she works to amplify and educate nurses as leaders in health and healthcare innovation. Ms. Leary is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Committee, a Founding member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL), a member of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Innovation Subcommittee.

This past August 2019 she was named as an Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Innovation by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism.

Follow Marion on Twitter and LinkedIn.

I have an idea! Now what?

Nurses often reach out to me for advice — they have an innovation idea and don’t know what to do next. This is rarely taught in...

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.

Tattooed scars of war

The sounds of helicopters and alarms signaling that we were under attack haunt me to this day.  I completed two tours to Iraq and...

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.

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Inside Nursing: Community barriers to achieving vaccine equity

The world is moving on, but there is still risk—unequal risk—of COVID-19 infection in the community because disparities persist in vaccination. For example, over 50...

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

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Nurse Keith’s Corner: Nursing success and harvesting the fruits of your labors

When a garden is created, the labor involves tilling, planting, weeding, tending, and otherwise nurturing the process in the hopes of a plentiful harvest....

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 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,, 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,...

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.


Nurses Really are Superheroes! Nurse Alice Introduces “The Vitals”

We did it Joe… NURSES! Voted the most trusted profession (again). Actually, nurses have been voted the most ethical and trustworthy profession per the...

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.

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The Relentless School Nurse: Reaching a tipping point

I am honored by the number of school nurses from across the country who reach out to me to share their COVID challenges. It...

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...

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.

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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...

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.

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Simone Biles: what if nurses followed her lead?

On July 27th, Simone Biles withdrew from an Olympics all-around finals round because of mental health concerns. Sponsors and coaches applauded her decision. I...

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, 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 You can also find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest.

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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...

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