The American Nurses Association will introduce its new Racial Reckoning Statement in September. Connie Nguyen-Truong, associate professor of nursing at WSU Vancouver, played a key role in the development of the statement. She was invited to be a discussant/consultant for national listening sessions and an all-day summit feedback session, helping to provide historical and contemporary context, research, practice, and work environment contexts of racism in nursing.
The statement was developed for Project ECHO®, a project of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. Nguyen-Truong is a member of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, an affiliate of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. The National Commission is a multi-organizational collaborative of leading nursing organizations examining the issue of racism within nursing nationwide and its impact on nurses, patients, communities and health-care systems.
Nguyen-Truong has 20 years of experience in clinical and academic nursing and has led development of culturally responsive research models. In her own research, she specializes in engaging culturally diverse communities. She will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October.
The ANA will introduce the new Racial Reckoning Statement as part of a free educational series, 2022 Fall Project Echo: Addressing Racism in Nursing. The virtual series of eight 90-minute sessions begins Sept. 7 and continues into December. The goal is to help nurses increase their knowledge of how racism manifests itself in health care and improve the skills needed to confront systemic racism.