AWHONN Journals Article Collection on
Racism, Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health

In light of the most recent attention brought to the systemic racism in the United States with the murder of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis policeman, we have assembled articles published during recent years that help to inform nurses on the issues of racism, racial and ethnic disparities, and social determinants of health. More nursing research and scholarship are needed on these issues. Provision 1 of the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses reads, “The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.” There is no room for beliefs or attitudes that are racist in the practice of nursing. However, we know that they exist. All nurses must work to understand racism and to weed it out of our personal attitudes and actions. We must recognize it, name it, confront it, and take action to eliminate it in our individual work and our work together as health care professionals and as citizens of the great human experiment of democracy in the United States.

Nancy K. Lowe, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN
Editor in Chief, JOGNN