Pete Ryan
What nursing means to me
I have always been drawn to caring for people. Before I became a nurse, I had performed first aid on so many occasions that when my kids saw an accident, they would ask: “Are we stopping to help, mom?” When I finally became a nurse, I felt like I found my place in the world. Going to work did not feel like a job. Unfortunately, soon after I began practising as an RN, I realized I would always be wearing two hats. I was never just the nurse; I was the Black nurse. I noticed that patients who were not people of colour treated me differently than they treated my white counterparts. When I walked into a room, patients would lose their smiles, their eyes would glaze over and they would ask i...



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Winter 2024
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Lori Zozzolotto

Lori Zozzolotto

Lori Zozzolotto is certified in wound, ostomy and continence care. She is a clinical specialist for a company that manufactures ostomy care solutions. She received RNAO’s Award of Merit in 2023. In addition to her role as chair for the Black Nurses Leading Change (BNLC) interest group at RNAO, she participates in a national nursing task force.