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The 2023-2024 National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing Welcomes New Commission Members

Keziah Proctor,

SILVER SPRING, MD  – Today, the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission),   announces a new composition of members to continue the critical work of confronting individual and systemic racism within nursing nationwide, focusing on the impact on nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems. The Commission members will help move forward the recommendations of the inaugural Commission and work to provide resources. The Commission members comprise both individual subject matter experts and leaders from participating nursing organizations. Their collective roles were established to provide guidance and help inform all major decisions of the Commission.

The Commission members:

  1. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, Individual Commissioner
  2. Jackeline Biddle Richard, DNP, JD, RN, CNE, Society of Latinx Nurses
  3. Kenya Beard, EdD, CNE, AGACNP-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Individual Commissioner
  4. Taloa Birdshead, RN, National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association
  5. Lucinda Canty, PhD, CNM, FACNM, Individual Commissioner
  6. Brigit M. Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN, FAAN, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  7. Kahlil Demonbreun, DNP, RNC-OB, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Individual Commissioner
  8. Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Press Ganey
  9. Marie O. Etienne, DNP, APRN, FNP, PNP, PLNC, Haitian Alliance Nurses Association International
  10. Laura Fennimore, DNP, RN, Individual Commissioner
  11. Nicole George, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Press Ganey
  12. Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, Individual Commissioner
  13. Jacqueline Herd, MSN, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, American Organization of Nursing Leadership
  14. Kechinyere Iheduru-Anderson, DNP, RN, Individual Commissioner
  15. Kim Kim, MSN, RN, CDCES, Individual Commissioner
  16. Carl Kirton DNP, MBA, RN, International Academy of Nursing Editors / Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing
  17. Lourdes Moldre, MSN, BSN, RN, ACNP-BC, Individual Commissioner
  18. Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, National League for Nursing
  19. Kim Regis DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPNP-PC, BCC, American Association of Ambulatory Care Nursing
  20. Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, AARP/ Center to Champion Nursing in America
  21. Deborah A. Ryan, MSN, RN, The Joint Commission
  22. Cynthia Samuel, PhD, RN, CSN-NJ, Individual Commissioner
  23. Josephine H. Silvestre, MSN, RN, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  24. Blake Smith, MSN, RN, Individual Commissioner
  25. Ekta Srinivasa, PhD, MSN, Individual Commissioner
  26. Marisa Streelman, DNP, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing
  27. Asma Taha, PhD, CPNP-PC/AC, Individual Commissioner
  28. Roy Thompson, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CCN, Individual Commissioner
  29. Julia Ugorji, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America
  30. Anna Valdez, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAADN, Individual Commissioner

    The Commission first launched in January 2021 with the goal of examining the issue of racism in nursing nationwide and its impact. For that reason, the Commission launched a national survey of more than 5,600 nurses and the data exposed racism in nursing as a dire problem:
  • 63% of nurses surveyed say that they have personally experienced an act of racism in the workplace with the transgressors being either a peer (66%), patients (63%), or a manager or supervisor (60%).
  • Over ½ of nurses say racism in the workplace has impacted their professional well-being.

    The new Commissioners represent a broad continuum of nursing practice, ethnically diverse groups, and regions across the country. It is led by the American Nurses Association (ANA), National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA), and National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). This new Commission will continue to be led by leaders representing the four co-lead organizations: ANA immediate past president, Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN; NAHN President, Adrianna Nava, PhD, MPA, MSN, RN; NBNA president, Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE; NCEMNA President, Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN;  NCEMNA Vice President, Angie Millan, DNP, RN, FAAN; At-large member, Daniela Vargas, MSN, MPH, MA- Bioethics, RN, PHN; and ANA Enterprise Senior Inclusion Advisor, G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN.


About the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing
The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission) examines the persistent problem of racism within nursing and describes the impact on nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems to motivate all nurses to confront systemic racism. The work is urgent to create safe and liberating environments for all nurses as well as profession that exemplifies inclusivity, diversity, and equity. The Commission is comprised of leading nursing organizations that represent a broad continuum of nursing practice, ethnically diverse groups, nationally and in regions across the country and who have for years raised their individual voices to condemn all forms of racism within our society.

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