We’re pleased to announce two upcoming continuing education events for nurses who are interested in writing reflective narratives. Both events are co-sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy and Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Continuing Education, and are open to all nurses, nursing faculty, nurse researchers, and nursing students. All are welcome, regardless of prior experience with writing. Joy Jacobson and Jim Stubenrauch, co-founders of CHMP’s program in Narrative Writing for Health Care Professionals, will lead the events. (For more information on the instructors, please visit this page.)

The first event, Narratives of Diversity, is a one-day conference that will focus on issues of diversity and marginalization in nurses’ personal and professional lives, academia, and health care organizations. Participants will gain experience in using reflective writing as a way of processing emotionally charged events to reduce stress and burnout. We will also explore strategies for bringing a raised awareness of diversity and marginalization to one’s community, workplace, or school.

Deborah Washington, PhD, RN
Deborah Washington, PhD, RN

The keynote speaker will be Deborah Washington, PhD, RN, director of diversity for patient care services at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical instructor at the MGH Institute School of Nursing. In an interview, Dr. Washington said, “The advantage of working with a diverse workforce is that you work with people who understand specific cultures, beliefs, and attitudes. This translates into better patient care and a greater sense of satisfaction from patients and families with that care.”

The second event, Telling Stories, Discovering Voice: A Writing Weekend for Nurses, is a three-day retreat that will engage participants in an intensive process of reflective writing. We will use creative techniques to sharpen and enliven personal and professional writing, and through group feedback and discussion, participants will gain a new appreciation of the power of their own voices and new tools for sustaining a writing practice. The keynote speaker will be Karen Roush, MSN, RN, clinical managing editor at the American Journal of Nursing and founder of The Scholar’s Voice, through which she mentors writers in the health sciences.


Narratives of Diversity will be held on Tuesday, June 25, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
in the Faculty Dining Room at Hunter College (68th Street Campus)
695 Park Avenue, New York City.
Contact hours: 7
Fee: $150 before June 1st; $165 after June 1st; Students (with valid ID) $99
Group discount: $125/person available for groups of 6 or more from one institution.
Registration: By phone: 212.650.3850
On the Web: https://ceweb.hunter.cuny.edu/cers/CourseBrowse.aspx
Enter course code: NARDIV

Telling Stories, Discovering Voice: A Writing Weekend for Nurses will be held
Friday through Sunday, July 19-21 (Fri. 8:00-6:30; Sat. 8:00-5:00; Sun. 8:30-2:30)
at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (Brookdale Campus)
425 E. 25th Street, New York City
Contact hours: 16.5
Fees and registration information to be announced.