By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief

Kathleen Bartholomew, MN, RN, a consultant and speaker from the state of Washington, has made it her mission to enlighten policy makers and legislators about the important work of nursing. And she believes in the power of photographs to help her make her case.

From January 24 through January 28, Bartholomew hosted AJN’s award-winning photo exhibit, Faces of Caring: Nurses at Work, which was on display in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.  For two days of the previous week it was on display in the Rayburn House Office Building. Bartholomew had enlisted the help of her legislators, Congressman Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray, to get the necessary clearances and permissions for this unique location within the Senate building. While people viewed the exhibit, Bartholomew was available to speak with them about the vital work of nursing. She also visited senators’ offices and met with legislative aides.  

The photographs in the exhibit are the winners and selected honorees from an international photo contest that was first exhibited at New York University College of Nursing in New York City in 2007, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, the Beatrice Renfield Foundation, and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Since then, the photographs have traveled to various cities throughout the U.S. as a vehicle to advance awareness of the vital role of nursing. To learn about sponsoring the exhibit, go here.

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