Black Nurse Magic 815, an organization for black nurses from Rockford hospitals


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Black Nurse Magic 815 is an organization made up of all black nurses from area hospitals.

A photo of them is going viral on social media, and the nurses are working to educate their communities on how to take better care of themselves.

With over 20 years of experience as a nurse, Tabitha Gardner, is a mentor to the men and woman in the Black Nurse Magic 815 group.

“A lot of us as Black women feel like we can’t do it. They fell like since we’re single parents, we don’t have the fiances, we don’t have the resources, we can’t do it. And you can. I’m a walking testimony myself,” Gardner said.

The group’s founder, Landra Caldwell says their main goal is to encourage each other.

“In this group there’s a lot of different levels ranging from LPN all the way up to Nurse Practitioner so I wanted this group to lean on each other to be that backup resource person,” Caldwell said.

Shakena Bailey is in her first year as a nurse, she said that the group pushes her whole she’s studying for the board.

“It motivates you. It’s like your around so many beautiful women that are educated and not only educated but skilled so it pushes me. You can’t just stop here, you can keep going,” Bailey said.

Ellen Njolstad-Oksnevad is the Dean of Nursing at Rock Valley College, and she wants the group to keep making differences in people’s lives.

“Having that group that you can relate with and you can understand each other’s stories and how you’re feeling and to support each other and say you know what why are we here? They bring you back to What drove us to nursing? Why are we here? We’re here to make a difference, we’re here to help our clients. Yes some days are bad. but in the end we’re making a difference,” Njolstad-Oksnevad said.

Social media fame isn’t all they’re excited about.

Black Nurse Magic 815 is now branching out to heal their communities of color.

“Our community, we like to cover everything up, ‘oh it’s okay, go to church’ but it’s a lot of other things that you can be doing like utilizing counseling so that where we step in to tell them all the resources that you can utilize,” Caldwell said.


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