“I am a first-generation child of Filipino immigrants. I am a product of environments marked by poverty, street violence, substance use, and mental illness. I lost a best friend to a bullet the day I began my first nursing job at a top ranked hospital. He was a child of Nigerian immigrants.
“I am an ICU nurse in Manhattan. I have seen my share of trauma, critical illness, and sorrow. But what is happening in my hospital and hospitals across America is on a scale of tragedy not even the most seasoned clinician has experienced.
Nurses have been at the frontlines of every major health crisis—but what happens during a dual pandemic? For Penn Nursing alumni and students addressing the novel coronavirus, systemic racism, or both, the answer is simple: jump in with both feet.