Discrimination Plagues Black Nurses

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Shominicia Banks stands in front of the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she worked as a nurse assistant before being fired earlier this month Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Banks is one of about 50 black employees who have complained about widespread discrimination at the hospital. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a comprehensive survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, shedding light on the experiences of nurses regarding racism and discrimination in the healthcare field and nursing schools.

The survey reveals alarming findings, with a majority of nurses reporting a high prevalence of racism and discrimination in the workplace, originating from both patients and colleagues. Asian, Black/African American, and Latino/Hispanic nurses were identified as the groups most likely to experience microaggressions from patients.

Shockingly, the survey also exposes a culture of racism in nursing schools, with over half of respondents calling for more diversity, equity, and inclusion training. Despite the growing focus on DEI efforts, little formal reporting occurs, leaving concerns from nurses unaddressed, according to the survey.


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