My Nurse's Week Address: The State of Health Inequity
Updated: May 8, 2022
The evidence linking health inequities to racism and structural bias is palpable. Furthermore, the fundamental root cause of health inequity, is the unequal allocation of power and resources, a by product of racism. and structural bias. There is an urgency for the reshaping of nursing education, sponsorship and leadership. All which affect the professional nurse on every level of their development. Which in turn, affects the care of the most vulnerable patient populations.
For those who follow me, you know over the years I have built an entire media platform dedicated to closing the gaps in health disparities. I contend, there is still work to do.
The profession of nursing has been upended over the last two years, whether it be clinically, academically historically, and even criminally. This unprecedented pressure has taken a toll on our workforce, our science and our leadership. All which are showing signs of irreparable damage to a sinking ship.
As my work focuses on the invaluable contributions of nursing science to medicine and research, I am convinced that the continued role of nursing must be engulfed in diversity, cultural competence and public health if we are to be seen as key players in the future of our nations health equity platform.
Health equity is achieved when everyone in our society has the same opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or geographic location. Although race and ethnicity are not the only factors that drive health disparities, they are major factors. We all have a responsibility to work to address the inequities and disparities in our country.
Denetra Hampton, Producer, Nurse
For Nurses By Nurses Productions