Nurse Leaders Continuing the Work and Conversations on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Abilities

Published:November 08, 2022DOI:


      The nursing profession is at a pivotal place in its history, in the United States and the world. The nursing profession is being asked to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and abilities in a meaningful way. Societal forces coupled with the report by the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing are requiring action to address organizational spaces and work environments. In a survey conducted by the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, 70% of black nurses said they experienced racism at the hands of a leader. Additional survey findings highlighted that 64% of nurses surveyed, who challenged racism, saw no change.
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      Germaine C. Nelson, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, CEN, is the Director of Nursing at the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, The World Trade Center of Excellence, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York, New York, Coldiron Fellow, Marian K. Shaughnessy Nursing Leadership Academy, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She can be reached at [email protected]