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January 8, 2016

Calling all Nurses – You should be friends

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I know that some of you wound up on Show Me Your Stethoscope because a friend invited you. Have you invited your friends? Have any of your friends left SMYS because things were not yet serious? Time to invite them back. 

We need your very best friends here; Especially the ones who want to become involved with advocating for this profession. SMYS For Change is waiting for you and your coworkers to get involved with policy change, education, and unity. We are the grassroots revolution of healthcare and our first large event will be in May. I will need commitments by February and your behinds in chairs at your State Capitol in May. 

Speaking of friends, it is time to begin the movement toward unity.   

 A message to my new State Ambassadors: Time to start getting us together in person! SMYS meet ups can happen almost immediately. You just have to meet somewhere, wear your stethoscope, and have fun with your new friends from SMYS! Take pictures for me! I cannot wait to meet you! 
And if your area is St Louis, Missouri I may even see you there. 



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National Director, Show Me Your Stethoscope

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I am privileged and grateful to announce our National Director, Jalil Johnson. In addition to the bio I will post here, I have to ramble on about Jalil for a moment.
Jalil Johnson was not in the first round draft pick for Admins. He didn’t come to my attention until Carey Segelke Coomer met him in the group and said, “Janie, we need this guy”. It was about 4 days after I founded the group. I will be eternally grateful to Carey for this, because by recognizing the talent, intelligence, and passion for nursing in Jalil, she shaped how Show Me Your Stethoscope would progress and thrive.
Jalil’s job is twofold. He is wonderful at maintaining the momentum. He created the organizational structure for this foundation, and we vetted our Regional Directors together. I trust him completely to mobilize this organization with or without me. He does the ‘deals’ and I do the ‘feels’.
Jalil’s other job is in a completely different direction. He is responsible for kicking me in the pants. I can get caught up in the day-to-day evolution of the Facebook group. He turns me in the right direction, guides me, and encourages me. “Janie, you need to stop spending time moderating the message boards and go write a blog. You have other things to do.” is often heard around the admin’s chat room. This is what Jalil does.I-think-ones-feelings-waste-themselves-in-words-Florence-Nightingale-quotes
Because of Jalil’s encouragement and sheer force of personality, we have kept this dream alive and gotten closer to realizing my dream of unity in healthcare. I am humbled and proud to have him as my Second-in-Command. May I always deserve him.
So, This is Jalil:
Jalil Johnson BSN, MS, RN, ANP-BC, PhD(C)
Jalil started his healthcare career in 2000 as a CNA. He completed his LPN program in 2001 at Tennessee Technology Center in Nashville TN, ADN (RN) in 2006 at Columbia state Community College, BSN 2008 at Middle Tennessee State University, MS/NP training 2010 at The University of Massachusetts Medical School, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the university of Massachusetts Amherst (Expected Graduation Spring 2016).
Jalil’s clinical background includes medical/surgical, psychiatric, substance abuse and intensive care (CCRN). He is most passionate about working with underserved communities and currently works as an NP in a federally underserved community in Massachusetts.
Additionally, Jalil enjoys teaching, and hopes to improve the culture of nursing education. He is proud to have mentored many undergraduate and graduate students through their studies and over the course of their careers. He currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Baypath University, and Elms College.
Jalil is also a budding nurse scientist and studies the intersection of type two diabetes and Latino culture. This has been the focus of his doctoral work and he plans to continue this research in the future.
Outside of clinical and academic work, Jalil’s interests include professional and non-professional mentoring, social justice, and improving diversity within the healthcare profession.
Jalil has 3 children (ages 17, 9 & 3) and considers his family his greatest accomplishment to date.
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