November Faculty Excellence Lecture Series ‘Provocations’ Tackles the Question: US Health care – Right or Privilege?

CSM Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Naila Russell DNP, FNP-BC has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner since 2014. On Thursday, Nov. 8, she will lead the Faculty Excellence Lecture Series, “Provocations,” by responding to the question: “Is universal health care coverage possible in a capitalist society?”

The next College of Southern Maryland (CSM) 2018 Faculty Excellence Lecture Series, “Provocations,” tackles the issue of health care in the U.S. with a discussion on whether health care is a right or a privilege. Can universal health care coverage exist in a capitalistic society?

The Nov. 8 “Provocations” installment features CSM Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Naila Russell DNP, FNP-BC, who has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner since 2014. In providing primary care, Russell has seen first-hand how Medicaid expansion has increased access to care and also the negative consequences of inadequate health care coverage. Her premise for the lecture will approach health care as a right, not a privilege.

Russell’s lecture will outline how health care in the U.S. is fragmented and broken in many ways and point out how some may argue that to call health care a ‘system’ is a misnomer. As she advocates for quality health care for all Americans, Russell will discuss how guiding principles of medicine often conflict with political agendas and the very economic fiber of the U.S. and the health care system that does exist is costly, nearing upward of 17 percent of the gross domestic product.

The public is invited to attend Russell’s lecture and learn about health care indicators and outcomes in the U.S. being lower than other developed nations year after year. She will also discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how earlier this year the ACA was effectively weakened through tax legislation resulting in the effective elimination of the individual mandate.

The CSM Faculty Excellence Lecture Series will begin at 7 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 102 at the La Plata Campus, located at 8730 Mitchell Road. The lecture series was established to highlight and share the scholarly work and interests of our faculty with their colleagues, students and community members. The lectures are free, but tickets are required and can be obtained at the CSM Box Office at For more on the series, call 301-934-7578, e-mail Stephen Johnson at or visit online at