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jeastridge is a BSN, RN and specializes in Faith Community Nurse (FCN).

Joy has worked in a variety of fields in the nursing profession over her 35+ years of nursing, including GI/GU, Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, Home Health and Hospice. While being a FCN for 22 years, she also worked in hospice and obtained her CHPN. In addition to writing for the website, she pursues other avenues of writing and has published a children's book and two Bible studies. She is active in her community, in her church and with her ever-growing family. She enjoys long walks in the mountains of East Tennessee, cooking for crowds and reading for pleasure. 

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  1. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    You bring up so many important points!! Thank you for this thoughtful response. You point out some of the personal pain involved in true transformation. Yes, we must change. Now.
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    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    You raise some really valid points and your stories are sad and enlightening. I am sorry about the title. Of course racism in nursing is real, just as it in all facets of our society. It is time for change--real and lasting. Joy
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    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    Thank you for sharing with us. It is good to hear about your experience and perspectives. You sound like a person that works hard to make the world a better place. Joy You make some valid points. Some people have changed but many have not. Joy
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    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    People can change. And this alone gives us hope and keeps us all moving forward. I remember reading, "Rising Out of Hatred" by Saslow. It delienates the powerful transformation of a born and bred white nationalist, Derek Black, through acts of kindness at his university. His "enemies" invited him to meals, befriended him, and in the process he abandoned the vicious mantras he has been raised to believe and threw off the mantle of leadership in the white supremacy movement that was destined to be his. Yes, people can change. But they also don't change unless we begin by pointing out the need for change. Joy
  5. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    Powerfully said. It is time for us in the white community to look inward, question ourselves daily, educate ourselves, and begin the process of change. It has been far too long. Joy
  6. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    You deserve better. You have earned better. I am sorry for what you hav experienced and continue to experience. Thank you for being willing to share your story.
  7. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    The LVN and RN comments cracked me up! Thanks for sharing your stories. Joy
  8. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    You nailed it. Yeah. Listening without action is polite and can be just as racist. Your actions reflect what real change looks like: respect, equality in assignments and pay. It's the bare minimum. Thank you for your insightful comments. Joy
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    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    I don't even know what to say. All my words are stuck and inadequate and sad and --well, just wrong. I am so sorry for all that you have experienced. I want to be hopeful but my own past convicts me. Thank you for sharing your story. Joy
  10. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    I hear you and I believe you. And I am sorry. I hope and pray and want to help work toward making things better.
  11. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, many of us are looking for ways to examine ourselves, our own attitudes and how we might need to change. I'm glad it made you smile! Joy
  12. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    What a great story. Perspectives and prejudices are changed one person at a time. One story at a time. Legislation and laws can only take us so far. The heart changes are harder...Thank you for sharing with us. Joy
  13. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    Love your last line. It made me smile. Everyone's experiences are their own and everyone's feelings are their own. We can only hope to be able to listen to one another better and learn from each other. Thank you for sharing. Joy
  14. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    Well said. Thank you. Joy
  15. jeastridge

    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    You are so right. It is not unique to nursing or the police force or politics or even churches. It happens all over the world, not just in the USA. But we still find ourselves needing to acknowledge it, to work on changes that make a difference so that we can become better people. Joy Truth.
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    Racism in Nursing: Is It Real?

    I hope we can be good listeners. It is a start. Just listening. Who knows? Maybe this thread will plant a seed of a question that will grow into a thought that will change one behavior. If even one person responds, it is a worthwhile discussion! Thank you for your comment.
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