Author Archives: Vanessa Shields

About Vanessa Shields

Accelerated nursing student and social justice activist

Creating your personal political action plan

Events proceeding the inauguration have simultaneously energized and depressed many of us. The Women’s Marches amplified our voices and moved us towards an intersectional approach to combating racism, protecting our health care, and advocating for science-based environmental policies, among other … Continue reading

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Is Your School of Nursing a SafeZone?

Walking through the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Nursing I noticed over a dozen square stickers outside faculty doors saying, “SafeZone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally” in rainbow letters. As a nursing student at LSU, I was thrilled … Continue reading

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Gettin’ Excited about the LGBT Legal Fair

I was reading through upcoming LGBT events in my community and came across what initially struck me as the most tame of postings I’d ever seen in my party-loving, adopted home of New Orleans. Advertised as an “LGBT Legal Fair”, … Continue reading

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Staying out of the closet: Emerging opportunities for senior care

Questions haunting aging LGBT seniors include: Will the nurses or other residents bully me? Will my partner be able to visit me and sleep over at this nursing home? Will my identity as an elderly transgender woman be accepted? Fear … Continue reading

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Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?

The United States is experiencing its largest population of aging seniors, approximately one in five Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030, according to a 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to a … Continue reading

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