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 bachelors 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 Kiyos 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 societys 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.