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Racism in Nursing: An Under-Addressed Problem

Written by: Delyte Nasch, FNP-BC, MSN, M.Ed.

1 Contact Hour

About the Author

Delyte Lynne Nasch, FNP-BC has 33 years of experience in healthcare, 23 years
as an RN working in multiple areas of nursing including CCU/ICU, Cardiac Catheterization
Lab, Nursing Education, Obstetrics, and Home Health Nursing. 10 years as a Nurse Practitioner
working in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Long-Term Care.

Contact Hours – 1

Course Description

Racism in nursing exists in our country today and includes all races and ethnicities. More than one third of the United States population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Racism adversely affects nurses, leading to anger, frustration, and self-doubt in legitimacy of these feelings, pervasive discomfort and ultimately negatively affects the ability of the nurse to care for both themselves and their patients. Being aware of racism and discrimination is not enough. Nursing must act on individual and systemic discrimination and social movements across the lines of race, gender and class, at multiple levels in the institutions they work in and the society we live in. Eliminating racism in nursing will lead to improved nursing retention and satisfaction, appropriate patient care, and lead to a decrease in health disparities among minorities, improving patient outcomes.

Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher.

No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare.

Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from December 31, 2018 until December 31, 2020.

    1 Contact Hour