"Why is your skin so dark?" I was five years old. I didn't know how to answer the question launched by my classmate. No one had ever asked me that question. I never consciously thought about the complexion of my skin until that moment. The question was followed by statements, statements that were demoralizing in tone and cadence.
"About 5 years ago, I was earning my Master’s degree and pursuing some pretty well-established career goals. I was doing well, but I soon recognized that I had a choice to make. I could fully embrace who I was - a Black queer woman who was passionate about social change or I could be a successful young scholar in my field. The chances of achieving both, however, would be slim."
“This COVID-19 epidemic has changed the emotional component of health care delivery for nurses. As a nurse, I seek a true connection with my patients during every encounter. COVID-19 has heightened the need for nurse-patient emotional interaction due to the idea that visitors (family members) are not allowed to visit patients in most hospitals and health care facilities."