Blog: Black nurses report experiences of discrimination in rural workplaces
It’s only the skin colour, otherwise we are all people: This research study was published in the Mar-May 2021 issue of the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (AJAN). The study reveals that Black sub-Saharan African nurses report incidents of discrimination and disadvantages based on their race and skin colour in rural workplaces, not only from patients but from their colleagues.
Robert Fedele examines the revelations of the study in this piece that first appeared in the ANMJ: Black African nurses battle racism in rural Australian workplaces, study finds. We thank the ANMJ for allowing us to republish this informative piece.
Blog: Racism is an occupational safety issue
Employers and workers need to take racism seriously as an OH&S issue. Experiences of racism can cause depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, chronic health conditions and suicidal ideation.
NSWNMA CALD reference group coordinators Helen Macukewicz and Catherine Ivanfy urge leaders and managers to do more to acknowledge the reality of racism, treat it as a workplace hazard that has effects that extend into workers daily lives, and implement measures to protect workers.
To combat racism and ensure that nurses and midwives feel valued, safe and equal at work we first need to understand their experiences. Read Catherine and Helen’s blog about the need to seek information and gather data about racism in healthcare settings: Missing data obscures the hazard of racism in nursing & midwifery.
Podcasts: Nurses and midwives talk about how to improve cultural safety in our workplaces
Hear six passionate nurses talk about their commitment to supporting CALD nurses and midwives. We worked with the NSWNMA to offer you two podcasts:
Episode 36: Addressing the Cultural Safety Gap with Catherine Ivanfy and Helen Macukewicz
Catherine and Helen discuss how the report findings led to the formation of the CALD reference group. Find out how you can advocate for improved cultural safety in your organisation. Listen to the episode.
Episode 37: Calling Racism Out with Bukwa Madzinga, Julie Ngwabi, Merilyn Homes, and Marty Williams
Four members of the NSWNMA CALD reference group – Julie, Merilyn, Bukwa and Marty share their lived experiences and motivations for tackling discrimination and the importance of calling racism out. They discuss candidly the harmful effects of racism, the benefits of being part of the CALD reference group and their reasons for raising their voices to spotlight discrimination. Listen to the episode.