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.
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: 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)
In January, 2024, the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing awarded funds to ten organizations implementing evidence-based strategies to dismantle institutional, structural, and systemic racism in nursing. The funds were contributed by the American Nurses Association (ANA), as part of its journey of racial reconciliation.
A journey towards the future
The Commission examines the issue of racism within nursing nationwide, focusing on how racism affects nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems.
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.
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