Racism and Discrimination in Massachusetts Nursing and Nursing Schools

by | Oct 9, 2023 | Discrimination |

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found a startlingly high prevalence of racism and discrimination in nursing school and in practice.

The report used survey and interview data from nearly 1,000 nurses to shed new light on the topic, with information on racism by demographic — and nurses’ own ideas for improvement

Data Survey

  • Forty-four percent of respondents say that racism and/or discrimination in general was a part of their nursing school’s culture.
  • Black nurses are almost twice as likely as white nurses to say that their nursing school had a culture of racism and/or discrimination (60% vs. 31%).
  • Asian and Black nurses are most likely to respond that they were discriminated against based on their race or ethnicity during nursing school, including being held to a higher standard of performance or being subjected to name-calling.
  • Nearly 80% of nurses feel the need for more training/education on DEI in nursing school.

In the workplace, roughly 8 of 10 nurses reported experiencing racism or discrimination from patients, with 6 of 10 experiencing the same from colleagues, according to the report.

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