Ethnic nurses in the spotlight

Nursing Standard has invited a prominent member of the nursing profession, Sharon Dennis, to guest edit the title to coincide with Black History Month.

Dennis is director of nursing and public involvement in the North East London Mental Health Trust and clinical speciality adviser to the National Patient Safety Agency.

The issue focuses on the experiences of black and ethnic nurses in the health service and includes a reader survey about racism in the light of a patient who refused treatment for her child from a black nurse as well as allegations of institutional racism within the NHS.

It also includes an article about nurses demanding the BBC screens a documentary on a terrestrial channel about Victorian nurse Mary Seacole, who was named as the most prominent black Briton in a survey.

Deputy editor Tim Madge said: “Sharon has been great, we have enjoyed it no end and she has helped produce a particularly good issue.

“The survey we carried out threw up some interesting answers to the way the health service conducts itself and we want to make sure we play a part in routing out any racism.”

Nursing Standard , which is published weekly by RCN Publishing Company, has a circulation of 69,764 and is available on newsstands or via subscription.

By Sarah Lagan

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