Ongoing: Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing

Additional Resources
Zoom-Keeping

Summary of current activities

Past Actions/Events

Background

This initiative was launched in September 2020 to open discussion that focused on coming to terms with racism in nursing – a “reckoning” that acknowledges the reality and begins a process of healing and change. Racism in nursing has persisted far too long, sustained in large part by our collective failure to acknowledge the contributions and experiences of nurses of color. The intention of this project is to bring the voices of BILNOCs (Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other Nurses Of Color) to the center, to explore from that center the persistence of racism in nursing, and to inspire/form actions to finally reckon with racism in nursing.

The events that are now in place to continue this initiative grew out of the initial discussions in the Fall of 2020, when nurses of color shared their experiences and hopes for the future. These discussions gave rise to each of the events and activities that are now in place!

Principles of Reckoning

All of the activities related to “Overdue Reckoning” are guided by our Principles of Reckoning, which take a bold anti-racist stand for nursing. Our principles are:

  • We claim the courage to join together through the experience of building our anti-racist capacity nursing.
  • We cherish the contributions and honor the voices of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other Nurses of Color (BILNOC), and yield the floor to their voices throughout our time together.
  • We recognize that we cannot move forward without a deep understanding of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other nurses of color experiences with racism. 
  • The insights and recommendations of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other nurses of color are vital to ground our thinking, and to guide our actions. 
  • We pledge to listen deeply and with respect to any and all expressions of anger, rage, despair and grief arising from racism.
  • We commit to healing those harmed by racism.
  • We commit to challenging, resisting and ending the voices and actions that sustain white privilege.
  • We seek to nurture authentic anti-racist awareness.
  • We will inspire and nurture action, as we boldly claim an anti-racist identity for nursing.

BILNOC Zoom Meetings: Last Saturday every month

Register here

The BILNOC Reckoning Zoom Meetings bring together Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other Nurses of Color to explore avenues for further antiracism actions. These discussions will include ideas for personal, family, workplace, and larger community and organizational change. All are welcome to join with the understanding that BILNOC nurses will take the lead in these discussions. Register here.

Ongoing “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” discussions every first Saturday

Register here!

Lucinda Canty

Mark your calendar for the first Saturdays starting on February 6, 2021! Time 4 – 5:30 pm Eastern. When you register you will receive a confirmation notice and email providing the Zoom login information. The format for these discussions will evolve over time, but we will begin with discussions led by Lucinda Canty and other nurses of color and focused on a particular issue and/or reading to be announced in advance.