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Racism in Nursing

Racism is a longstanding public health crisis that impacts mental, spiritual and physical health. The Nursing Code of Ethics demands that we, as nurses, accept and care for people as they are.

However, within the profession of nursing, we have failed to be antiracist. 63% of nurses say they have personally experienced an act of racism in the workplace. ANA acknowledges our own role in perpetuating racism through our past actions and omissions.

ANA is fully committed to a journey of reckoning and of seeking reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing. We will focus on our work and the experience in the nursing profession as a whole.

Racism Defined

Racism: Assaults on the human spirit in the form of actions, biases, prejudices, and an ideology of superiority based on race that persistently cause moral suffering and physical harm of individuals and perpetuate systemic injustices and inequities. (National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, 2021)

A journey towards the future

ANA Racial Reckoning

ANA’s journey of racial reckoning started in June 2022 when the ANA Membership Assembly—the governing and official voting body of ANA—adopted the ANA Racial Reckoning Statement.

Resources for Change

The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing and ANA are continuing to create resources for nurses to address racism in the workplace.

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ANA is committed to taking actions towards reconciliation and contribute to the healing of nursing. The future of the profession will be built upon our decisions today.

This work cannot be done overnight. Sign up to stay informed on this journey.

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