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ANA Selects G. Rumay Alexander to Serve as the Scholar-In-Residence Focused on Addressing Racism in Nursing

Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

SILVER SPRING, MD - The American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased to announce the selection of G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, as the Scholar-In-Residence focused on addressing the persistent problem of systemic racism in the nursing profession. The selection of Dr. Alexander coincides with the recent launch of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission) – a collaborative of leading nursing organizations working to examine the issue of racism within nursing nationwide and describe the impact on nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems to motivate all nurses to confront systemic racism.

As ANA’s Scholar-In-Residence, Dr. Alexander will engage with ANA and the Commission to support the scholarly underpinnings that will help propel the national discussion. Her more than 30 years of nursing experience and demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice will inform action-oriented approaches to address racism in nursing across education, practice, policy, and research.

Dr. Alexander is a clinical professor with expertise in organizational leadership development and inclusive excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also previously served as director of the School of Nursing’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and, at the university-wide level, as associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer. Dr. Alexander has an association management background having served as the senior vice president for Clinical and Professional services at the Tennessee Hospital Association. She served on several landmark commissions and has significant expertise in issues related to health equity, diversity in the workforce and social justice. She is the immediate past president of the National League for Nursing and served twice on its board and the board of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Dr. Alexander is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, a Master’s of Science in Nursing /Family Nurse Practitioner Program from Vanderbilt University and a Doctorate in Education, Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University-Nashville.


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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4.2 million registered nurses. ANA advances the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit

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