Yale School of Nursing (YSN) Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership (NMPL) student Elizabeth Leary ’14 has released a film featuring YSN alumna Linda Schwartz ’84, RN, DrPH, FAAN. The film is part of Leary's NMPL advanced practica.
The first woman and nurse to be appointed Commissioner of Veteran Affairs for the State of Connecticut, Schwartz is known for a long history of involvement in nursing and veteran organizations. For over 10 years, she has served in an advisory capacity to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. She is an advocate and activist devoted to healing the wounds of war.
Schwartz received her MSN from YSN and holds a doctorate in public health from Yale School of Medicine. She was a member of the United States Air Force (1967-1986) and served both on active duty and as a reservist. She retired in 1986 after sustaining injuries in an aircraft accident while serving as a USAF Flight nurse and holds the rank of Colonel on the Governor’s Military Staff.
The film titled, “Linda Schwartz: A Nurse’s Life of Service” follows Schwartz through her journey as a military nurse, highlighting both her triumphs and tribulations. Produced, narrated and edited by Leary, it is part of a larger project on the image of nursing in the media. Additionally, the film was produced in conjunction with the Yale Film Studies program.
Schwartz was the 2014 YSN Commencement speaker.
Pictured above are Schwartz and Leary at the screening of the film at Yale's West Campus Conference Center.
Watch the documentary below: