American Nurse Journal’s My Nurse Influencer program features some of the greatest online nurse influencers! These influencers bring fresh perspectives to our journal and offer our readers more diverse topic matter from all areas of our proud profession! Please keep in mind that these are opinion pieces, which aren’t peer reviewed. The views and opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. We encourage dialogue and engagement from our readers.

We are excited to partner with voices from around the world of nursing. If you are interested in learning more about the Nurse Influencer program, please contact us.


Fidel Lim, CCRN, DNP, FAAN 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.


Marion Leary RN, MPH, PhD 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.

john hopkins school of nursing

Faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing represent a diverse community committed to the profession of nursing and helping people and communities throughout the world improve their health and wellbeing. The school’s faculty and students are influencers across healthcare for their groundbreaking research, leadership in clinical excellence, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 22nd year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. She has been on the faculty of the School Nurse Certification Program at Rutgers University-Camden Nursing since 2012.  Robin is the Director for New Jersey to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Board. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health.  Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. Robin’s work is included as a case study in The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. You can follow Robin on Twitter @RobinCogan.

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,


Amy E. Rettig, DNP, MALM, MSN, BSN, RN, ACNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, provides nursing care for both professional and non-professional caregivers. She presents, publishes and studies well-being (developing the caregiver within) from the perspectives of holism, caring relationships, and systems.