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Monday December 3, 2012
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As a 1948 nursing graduate, I was elated to read the words “message of tolerance” in the July 16 article “Nurse-written novel promotes message of tolerance” (www.Nurse.com/Article/Tolerance) regarding Paulette Mahurin, RN, MSN. It reminded me that nursing continues to be at the forefront of compassion and human understanding.

I gained insight from a recent CE course on transcultural nursing. What a contrast from letters of rejection I received stating “we cannot have anyone of your background around the patients” or “we have this policy ...” These were from schools of nursing that required a bachelor’s degree for entrance. I was even the wrong color for the Navy recruiter on campus.

I volunteered again as a nurse for the Air Force, earning the rank of captain. All this is chronicled in my book “Dandelion Through the Crack,” which won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and is published as “Kiyo’s Story” by Soho Press, New York City. It also is on recommended reading lists for college courses in history, education and American literature.

In our political climate where money and power determine our society’s direction, may nursing always be compassionate. May we never lost sight of the fact that we are here to serve human needs.

— Kiyo Sato, RN, MN, PHN, Sacramento, Calif.