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Volunteer Nurse: A Year of Resistance and Radical Love

Each month, JV AmeriCorps members share their incredible stories of service on our AmeriCorps blog. These stories range from reflections on issues affecting JV AmeriCorps members’ community, such as homelessness or domestic violence, and how they and their placement address the issues, to projects they implement within their agency and community.

In our latest AmeriCorps blog, our JV AmeriCorps member Mary Franz shares her experience navigating through the expectations surrounding new nurses and discovering the type of nurse she wants to be.

“It’s a radical notion to walk even an hour to visit a patient. It’s radical to resist the benefits of a hospital nursing position. It’s radical to think that a nurse can be more than just a bedside caregiver. As I stood in awe of revolutionaries like Paul Farmer, I became more aware of the nurse I wanted to be. I wanted to be a radical. I wanted to be a resistor. I wanted to work for social justice, not a paycheck. Naturally, those desires led me to be a volunteer.”

Read Mary’s full reflection here and be sure to subscribe to the JV AmeriCorps Blog to catch future posts!

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"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

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Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
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Zayna Abusada

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JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.