Today, the American Academy of Nursing (Academy) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) issued the following statement on the urgent need for social justice to address prevalent racism and discrimination against communities of color, especially Black and Brown people. Nurses stand to champion equity while upholding dignity and respect of individuals as the country continues to grapple with the devastating spikes in COVID-19 cases and reckons with the compounding, longstanding, and systemic racism within health care and our society.
For far too long, communities of color have been disproportionally suffering as a result of persistent inequities and biases that exist in society. The current unrest worldwide in response to unjust killings of Black and Brown people as well as higher rates of COVID-19 within these communities, has emphasized more clearly the need for social justice reform that addresses racism and realigns structures to enable the attainment of better health regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, social group, or geography. The nursing profession, as leaders of compassionate care, upholds the highest commitment to achieving health equity and combating discriminatory actions.