Nurses By Day, Social Justice Activists By Night
“The most important thing we accomplished was putting into action our ethical ideals that racism is a public health issue,” said Laura Chechel.
Since May 2020, a team of registered nurses in San Diego have taken part in efforts advocating for racial equity and social justice. After working hospital shifts, they work in communities, alongside protestors, at demonstrations taking place in response to the death of George Floyd and others attributed to police violence against people of color.
Laura Chechel, nurse manager of the cardiovascular intensive care unit at UC San Diego Health, Danisha Jenkins, PhD candidate, and Christina Kelley, both with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, are at the center of this collaborative, grassroots medical response.