Systemic Racism Remains an Issue in Nursing, Panelists Say

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Systemic racism continues to impact nurses at all levels, according to panelists at Tipton Health Communications’s special webinar, “A Discussion on Race, Inclusive Practices and Nursing” on Wednesday, June 24. The hour-long discussion was moderated by a nationally recognized nursing executive and featured the presidents of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).

To promote dialogue about the state of race and inclusivity in the nursing profession, Tipton Health Communications recently hosted a webinar discussion led by renowned and respected nursing leaders from across the country.

Ena Williams, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Yale New Haven Hospital, moderated the roundtable discussion about racial bias and inclusive practices in the nursing profession during the June 24 conversation. Williams was joined by Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association, and Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, president of the National Black Nurses Association, who shared their personal experiences in the workplace, as well as strategies nurses and nursing leaders can use to create change in their organizations.

The strategies they laid out included recognizing implicit bias, acknowledging the structural racism their institutions may perpetuate, fostering diversity and inclusion through the C-suite level, and promoting change by using their power as top employers in their communities to address racism head-on.

Tipton Health encourages all healthcare leaders to view the discussion, available at

“So many nurse leaders told us that they truly valued the discussion that we are planning several more webinars to dig deeper, particularly around actions that nurse leaders can take now to advocate for and implement change,” said Dan Tipton, CEO of Tipton Health Communications

For more information on this webinar and the experts who weighed in, please visit Here you can also view recordings of our past sessions.

About Tipton Health Communications
Tipton Health Communications is a leading provider of executive nurse consulting and mentoring; nursing excellence program development; and Magnet®, Pathway to Excellence® and Practice Transition Accreditation Program™ consulting support to the nation’s hospital and healthcare systems. In addition, Tipton Health supports clients nationwide with award-winning communications services, including employee communications, human resources communications, public relations, marketing communications, intranet and Internet design, graphic design, and strategic communications. For more information, please visit

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