Black History Month Spotlight: RN Tamichole Nelson

February 4, 2022 Swedish Communications


Every week during Black History Month, we'll spotlight one of our Swedish caregivers who will share with us what Black history means to them. 

This week, we speak with RN Tamichole Nelson about the importance of recognizing African Americans' contributions to our shared history.

Tamichole, a clinical nurse educator here at Swedish, was inspired by her grandmother to enter the nursing profession. 

When reflecting on some of the most rewarding aspects of her current role as a clinical nurse educator, Tamichole shares that making connections with caregivers and knowing that she has made a difference in someone’s clinical practice is one of the most gratifying aspects of her work.

RN Tamichole Nelson is a clinical nurse educator here at Swedish. 

Tamichole started her career in healthcare in 1994 as a nursing assistant at Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Health and Hospice. Shortly after, she followed in her grandmother’s footsteps, she pursued her nursing degree.

“My grandmother, Ruby Henderson, was the first Black public health nurse in a small Washington town after relocating from the south. She worked at the Benton-Franklin County Health District,” says Tamichole.

Ruby Henderson, grandmother of Swedish RN Tamichole Nelson, was the first Black public health nurse at the Benton-Franklin County Health District. She inspired her granddaughter's nursing career. 

She proudly shares that she will always celebrate and hold close to her heart this part of her personal story. It's especially poignant during Black History Month, says Tamichole, a time when she enjoys participating in community events and learning more about the accomplishments of African Americans.

“Black History Month to me is a time to reflect on and remember the great accomplishments by strong and courageous Black men and women. I am also reminded if it were not for those who fought, struggled, dreamed and created before me, I would not have the opportunities or freedoms that I have today,” she says.

She also shares that she feels it’s important to celebrate Black History Month because our collective history is diverse: “Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of creativity, innovation and contributions many African Americans have made throughout history.”


Related resources

Washington State Historical Society’s activities for all ages to participate in Black History Month, online and in-person

Northwest African American Museum

African American History and Culture in the United States

Black History Month - U.S. National Park Service Celebrates!

A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story | National Museum of African American History and Culture 


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