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Examining the Impact of Racism and Social Injustice in Nursing Practice and Healthcare

Wednesday, November 18
11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. (ET)

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Healthcare settings are often challenged to meet the needs of diverse patient populations. However, the lack of diversity among healthcare professionals, as well as the social injustices that are experienced by people of color who do work in healthcare, are rarely discussed.

This free program will examine the impact that racism and social injustice have on nursing and healthcare practice and will also highlight the lived experiences of nurses who come from diverse backgrounds. The impact of social disparities that exist in healthcare organizations and the ethical implications of these disparities will be identified, as will supportive strategies that can benefit all nurses and the patient populations they serve.

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

  • Panel 1 Topic: The Lived Experience, featuring panelists Shannon Niles, BSN, RN, and MNA member; Charlene Hollis, APRN and MNA member; Candice Jones, MSN, RN, and MNA member; Kaydean Shorter, RN and MNA member; Judith Laguerre, BSN, RN, and MNA member.

  • Panel 2 Topic: Our Charge: Framing the Work Through the Lens of Ethics, featuring panelists Sarah Maroney, RN and MNA Ethics Committee; Claudine Bruff-Lopes, BSN, RN, and President of Black Nurses Rock; Victoria Pike, MS/MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, MNA Board Member, and Regional Vice President of the Filipino Nurses Association; Samantha Joseph-Erskine, BSN, RN, MNA Board Member, and Chair of the MNA Diversity Committee.


  • Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of both The New Republic and ESPN's The Undefeated website. He has authored more than twenty books, including Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America and Jay-Z: Made in America. He is also the winner of an American Book Award and two N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards.


  • To receive Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit, you will need to be present for the ENTIRE live webinar; partial CNE credit will not be awarded. You will also need to complete the webinar's associated test and evaluation no later than 5:00pm ET on November 20, 2020.
  • Questions? Call 781-821-4625 or email using the subject line "Social Justice Webinar."
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits will be provided for this educational webinar. The program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. MNA is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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