We have never been nurses: Nursing in the anthropocene, undoing the capitalocene

Jessica Dillard-Wright, Jane Hopkins Walsh, Brandon Blaine Brown

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As nurses on this pale blue dot, the impending climate crisis requires us to engage with our world and communities differently if we hope to ensure our planetary survival, human and non. Imagining the next 50 years of nursing theory, we advance a posthuman critique of the discipline. In this article, we lay out a posthumanist critique of nursing. We urge nurses to critically engage with the realities that shape our present and future on a deteriorating planet, decentering the primacy of humans as we engage with the world all around and assemble posthuman tools for our analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-146
Number of pages15
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • Anthropocene
  • Capitalocene
  • antiracism
  • climate justice
  • emancipatory nursing
  • necropolitics
  • neoliberalism
  • new materialism
  • postcolonialism
  • posthumanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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