Nurses Play Special Role in Health Equity Efforts
Dec 10, 2021
Sutter Health
Black male nurse consults Latina patient while wearing surgical masks and gesturing to smart tablet

On the heels of a recent announcement from the Biden administration to bolster the ranks of healthcare workers, the call also continues for a more diversified workforce. Nurses in particular can play a significant role given they “are often the first and most frequent line of contact with people of all backgrounds and experiences seeking care and they represent the largest of the health care professions,” according to the National Academy of Medicine’s recent report.

A more diverse nursing workforce can help make greater inroads to improved health equity. The journal Nurse Leader features Kristen M.J. Azar, R.N., MSN/MPH, scientific medical director, Sutter Health Institute for Advancing Health Equity, specifically discussing the evolving role of nurse leadership in the fight for health equity, regardless of their practice setting.

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