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!