Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing

We are soon entering the second full year of this important project, conducted under the umbrella of the NurseManifest Project. Lucinda Canty (UMass Amherst), Christina Nyirati (Heritage University), and I form the leadership team for this project. In the process of this work we have created an international network of nurses of color and others who are seriously dedicated to creating an anti-racist future for nursing. The project began with a Fall 2020 5-week series of Zoom sessions in which over 100 nurses joined together to engage in discussions led by nurses of color, exploring the nature of racism in nursing and visions for an anti-racist future for nursing. There is now a network of nurses providing support for one another as we each undertake various projects and initiatives that are grounded in the deep desire to end racism in nursing and healthcare.

The project has also yielded a collection of stories available to view on the Reckoning” website. This project was produced through the generous support of Seedworks Films, in conjunction with StoryCenter, an international participatory media organization. The nurses contributed their stories in order to lend their voices to an anti-racist future for nursing and healthcare.

We will be unveiling the next phase of this project in the late summer of 2022 – so follow our work on the website, and join our email lists here!

About Peggy L Chinn

feminist, nurse activist, writer, founding editor of ANS Advances in Nursing Science, quilter, grandmother nurturing the future of the amazing children in my life.
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3 Responses to Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing

  1. Lucinda Canty says:

    I would like to acknowledge the nurses of color who bravely shared their stories on the brutality of racism on the reckoning of racism website (https://www.rn-reckoning.org) and during our Overdue Reckoning series. A lot has changed since September 2020, but a lot still needs to be done. I get strength from seeing how nurses of color throughout the world continue to move forward. I am looking forward to the next phase of this project.

    • Thank you, Lucinda, for your leadership on this and for all the amazing work you have done to make this project possible, and especially for being a beacon of light for me in my own anti-racist journey.

  2. chipbruce says:

    This sounds like a great project!

    Will you be considering different staff roles as well? For example, I was very aware of the segregation across staff roles by gender, race, nationality, etc. during a stay at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. I’m sure you know of many such examples.

    It’s not 100% of course, but a high percentage of the nurse’s aides, and none of the registered nurses, were Haitian women (no men). The presence those women lifted my spirits, since I can speak a rudimentary Kréyol.) There appeared to be many other such job and social positioning correlations.

    Best wishes,

    Chip Bruce 10 Salt Meadow Lane Wellfleet, MA 02667 ☎ 1-508-214-0250 website: chipbruce.net


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