Antiracism in Nursing: Where Do We Begin? (232)

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Saturday, September 17
In May of 2020, the murder of George Floyd and the resulting unrest that ensued, sparked outrage throughout our community and around the world. Given the proximity of this event to our hospital, a group of 5 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) nurses came together to share experiences and highlight disparities, which resulted in the formation of an employee resource group, FUSION (Facilitators of Unity & Strengtheners of Inclusivity of Nursing). They identified that the healthcare system had racist biases and behaviors built into the workplace, which negatively impacted health outcomes for BIPOC, pediatric patients and staff. FUSION began to identify pitfalls and opportunities for improvement related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pediatric care areas.
Through their work, inequities were exposed – BIPOC patients are receiving unequal care, compared to white patients, and BIPOC staff are marginalized and under-represented. These nurses issued a call to action from system nursing leadership all the way down to the bedside staff. Healthcare institutions across the country are beginning to identify that system infrastructures and employees do not actively uphold and practice anti-racism. In this session, we will discuss concepts including microaggression, antiracism vs. color blind, gaslighting, culturally humble care, and systemic, institutional, and interpersonal racism. We will also discuss personal experiences to provide insight about the racial climate within our pediatric care areas and share strategies that were implemented locally. Finally, we will provide opportunities for nurses – bedside through all levels of leadership – to begin intentional, self-reflective work as this is imperative to create equitable outcomes for BIPOC patients, families, and staff.