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ANA to Embark on Racial Reckoning Journey

Shannon McClendon,
Keziah Proctor,


SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the voting representatives of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Membership Assembly unanimously voted “yes” for the association to embark on a racial reckoning journey to acknowledge its past actions that have caused irreparable harm to nurses of color as well as ethnic-minority nursing organizations, and that persist today.

Later this summer, ANA will launch a multi-phase journey of accountability, healing, and reconciliation with an official racial reckoning statement as a starting point for an overdue journey toward the future. ANA intends to take full accountability for its actions.

Today, we invite all nurses, the health care community and health care consumers to learn about how we are currently engaged in the important work of examining racism in nursing. This includes being a co-lead of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission), which seeks to address racism in nursing within the broader profession. ANA is a partner with the Commission on nationwide surveys, focused listening sessions, foundational reports, as well as brief lectures and case-based learnings.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4.3 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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