Minority Voices: Addressing the Lived Experience of Black Nurses and Nurse Leaders Confronting Racism in the Nursing Profession

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      Racism continues to erect substantial barriers for Blacks and minorities within the nursing profession, even while the shifting US population demographics and increasing numbers of minorities make diversifying the profession imperative. Interviews with Black nurses at virtually every career stage indicate that racism remains a significant obstacle and may prevent them from ascending to leadership. Building a diverse nursing workforce and leadership is necessary to serving a diverse community, especially underserved populations. A more diverse nursing organization is better equipped to identify and address the social determinants of health affecting a given patient population and thereby more effectively alleviate health disparities.
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      Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is senior vice president, chief nursing executive, and co-chair, Equity and Access Council, at New York City Health + Hospitals, New York, New York. Donna Boyle Schwartz, MSJ, BSJ, is assistant director of marketing at New York City Health + Hospitals. She can be reached at [email protected]