National Nurses United’s Deadly Shame explores nurses' experiences on the front lines of Covid-19 — and how we can build power.
Developed in collaboration with award-winning artist Molly Crabapple and Sharp As Knives, NNU presents a series of three animated shorts for Nurses Week 2021: Care Penalty, Moral Distress, and Nurse Power.
Narrated by Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN and President of National Nurses United
Employers, lawmakers, and society at large have systematically devalued “care work,” labor that provides life-sustaining care to human beings and society. And, because nursing is historically characterized as “women’s work,” nurses pay a “care penalty” that results in unfair wages and unsafe working conditions.
Narrated by Catherine Kennedy, RN and Vice President of National Nurses United
Nurses experience moral distress when we know the right thing to do, but institutional failure makes it impossible for us to do it. We experience further harm when we are betrayed by our employers and by our elected officials instead of getting the support we so desperately need to do our jobs.
Narrated by Marissa Lee, RN and Vice President of National Nurses United
When we speak out — in spite of intimidation, harassment, and retribution from managers maintaining the status quo — and when we stand together as a union, using our collective strength, we prevail. This is the story of how our unity is our power.