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Black RN starts health academy to increase profession’s diversity

Even with stellar success, she struggles to keep school open

By Vickie Evans-Nash

Contributing Writer


Rachelle Simmons has been a nurse for 23 years. “I grew up in St. Paul’s Summit/University neighborhood. And I always knew the one nurse that worked out of Regions [Hospital] — everybody did, because she was the only Black nurse there then,” Simmons explains. Now she’s in the business of ensuring there will be more nurses of color working in those hospitals. Continue Reading →

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