A History of Racism in Nursing: Creating an Anti-racist Path Forward

Course Description

Racism and nursing have been intertwined since the inception of modern nursing. This course will examine the history of how racism has affected Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and how this history has set the stage for the ongoing structural racism that exists today within our health care settings. Nurses will be able to reflect on their own behavior in perpetuating biases and racism and analyze the current recommendations on how to move forward as an anti-racist. This will include recognizing and naming racism and working toward the deconstruction of structural racism based on white supremacy. To be anti-racist is both an idea and a call to action. Racism must be actively sought out and defeated. In turn, building a society based on social justice, equity, and worker solidarity.

Course Objectives

  1. Explore the history of racism within the practice of nursing starting in the United Kingdom and then focusing on the United States
  2. Describe how structural racism manifested within our health care institutions and recognize the parallels of these inequities between our health care intuitions and society at large.
  3. Discover what it means to be anti-racist and how to fight structural racism through transforming both themselves and their communities

Instructor: Rochelle Pardue Okimoto, RN

Course Details:

This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.


April 15, 2023
10am-12pm PT/1pm-3pm ET
*Saturday class
April 25, 2023
5pm-7pm PT/8pm-10pm ET