"Now more than ever, our profession needs to move toward racial healing. There is an urgent need for nursing to acknowledge its history of racism, boldly confront racism wherever it shows up, and address the racism that nurses witness when delivering...
"Now more than ever, our profession needs to move toward racial healing. There is an urgent need for nursing to acknowledge its history of racism, boldly confront racism wherever it shows up, and address the racism that nurses witness when delivering care to those they serve. This will not happen until nurses engage in self-awareness and reflection as well as confront any personal racist attitudes and behaviors. When nursing demonstrates a commitment to creating an antiracist culture within the profession, nurses and patients, both in need of healing, will be better served.
It is our hope that this report will open a window of opportunity for nursing to acknowledge its history of racism and resolve to solidify a future that is welcoming, respectful, and supportive of all nurses regardless of race, ethnicity, or any other unique attributes. Anything less is counter to the core principles of a profession that demands caring, compassion, and respect for everyone."
Janice Phillips and Katie Boston-Leary are nurses.
They share their stories and discuss their KevinMD article, "Nurses are in need of racial healing."
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