Meet Our Writers

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LDCR Ruth Kawano, MSN, RN

LCDR Ruth Kawano, MSN, RN, is an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a nurse educator at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, an Indian Health Service facility in Gallup, N.M.

Lawrence C. Washington, R.N., M.S.N.

Lawrence C. Washington, R.N., M.S.N. is a retired Army Nurse Corps Colonel.

Latoya Lewis
LaToya D. Hines

LaToya D. Hines is a fifth-year pre-nursing student at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. This article was originally written as an assignment for her Women’s History course.

L. Joyce Washington, PhD, ARNP, CNS

Dr. L. Joyce Washington, ARNP, CNS, an associate professor of nursing at Barry University School of Nursing (SON) in Miami Shores, Fla., is the former chairperson of the SON’s Faculty Affairs Search Subcommittee and current chairperson of the SON Faculty Affairs Committee.

L. Grace Freeman, RN

L. Grace Freeman, RN, graduated from the University of South Dakota nursing program in May 2004. She plans to continue her education to become a diabetes educator.

Kristin Anderson, Ph.D.
Kristie Aylett

Kristie Aylett is communications professional with over 20 years of experience and a background in health care, higher education, and municipal environments. 

Kondria Woods

Kondria Woods is a free-lance writer, copy editor and business consultant based in Greer, S.C.

Kimberly Bonvissuto

Kimberly Bonvissuto is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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