March 30, 2017

When some people think about graphic novels or comic books, they may only think of superheroes. I’ve learned so much more about graphic novels from MK Czerwiec, known as Comic Nurse. Here’s what she says, 

“I am a nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving.” 

Credit: MK Czerwiec

HealthCetera co-producer and host Barbara Glickstein interviews her about her hot-off-the-press graphic memoir, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 published by The Pennsylvania State University Press. This graphic novel takes us back to a moment in history at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. We meet MK Czerciew, the novice nurse and the team of health care providers, patients, families and friends on Unit 371 at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

For the younger generation, who are increasingly turning to the graphic novel, not born yet during this pre-protease inhibitor therapy or PrEP therapy for HIV/AIDS, Taking Turns provides a them with a part of the history. For the rest of us, it provides an opportunity to reflect on those times with full hearts and many memories. 

MK Czerwiec is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing.

Tune in Thursday, March 30 at 1:00 PM to HealthCetera on WBAI 99.5 FM & streamed live on www.wbai.org or listen to the interview below on our iTunes channel.