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Abstract | Inclusive Nursing Leadership: Training to Address Racism



In this time of nursing shortages across the nation, organizations need to be able to recruit and retain nurses and particularly nurses from diverse backgrounds. Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) is committed to creating a workforce that represents the patients it serves, and having an organizational focus on equity, diversity, inclusion (DEI) and antiracism as evidenced by the strategic goals and initiatives in SCH’s Health Equity and Antiracism Plan. Parallel to this work, SCH leaders developed a nursing strategic plan with the goals of increasing and retaining a racially and ethnically diverse nursing workforce, while also improving health equity of our patients and families. Many nurses want to work for an organization inclusive of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, thereby creating a bridge to understanding the experiences of their diverse patients. It is also important to recognize that the inclusivity of the work environment, leader support provided for staff and the trust between leadership and front-line staff can affect recruitment and retention as well.

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