Keynote: MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, aka Comic Nurse

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA

MK is a nurse who uses comics to contemplate the complexities of illness and caregiving. She is the Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy & Media Engagement. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She co-runs GraphicMedicine.org, a website devoted to the intersection of comics and health.


MK’s first full-length graphic novel Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 was named a JAMA “Best of Graphic Medicine 2017.” She also co-authored Graphic Medicine Manifesto, an Eisner Award nominated book, published in 2017 by  Penn State University Press.


In addition to working with clinicians to use comics to improve patient care, MK is an advocate for graphic medicine in all its forms. In March 2013, she took part in a conversation about graphic medicine with Dr. Patti Brennan, NLM Director, and talked about how drawing comics has made her a better nurse. Learn more about MK. 


MK CZerwiec’s graphic novel was released in March of 2017.
Panel from Taking Turns, MK Czerwiec’s graphic novel, an adaptation of life on Unit 371, an inpatient AIDS care hospital unit in Chicago.