Pictured: Brian Taylor
I have been a strong supporter of establishing an Office of the National Nurse for over a year. Over my 23-year career as a registered nurse, I have personally witnessed many times when teaching a patient how to prevent disease has saved or improved their life.
As a male nurse, it is important to me to have a National Nurse to help disseminate the barriers, myths, and stigma about nurses. It is critical that the nursing profession work to serve the entire population, and in order for this to occur, we must be able to attract men and people of color. The Office of the National Nurse is one way to elevate our work and to demonstrate to the public our breadth of experience, knowledge, and expertise, thus inspiring others to choose nursing as a career than can be proud of.
I am a member of the Oregon Nurses Association and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Presently, I work as the Lead Nurse for the Multnomah County Health Department HIV Clinic, the largest such health care facility in Oregon.
Brian Taylor RN, BSN
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, January 10, 2007