The National Academy of Medicine’s 2021 report, Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, was a clarion call for nurses to lead in advancing health equity. One of the Campaign’s strategies for achieving this goal is to is to elevate and amplify the concept of the equity-minded nurse.

Who is an equity-minded nurse?

Equity-minded nurses are those with the knowledge, skills, and desire to advance health equity. Equity-minded nurses recognize themselves as informed and capable drivers of change who are uniquely poised to inform healthcare practice, policies, research, and educational standards, according to Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN, a health equity fellow with the Campaign, associate dean of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and professor at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

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Equity-Minded Nurse Educator Kamila A. Alexander, Johns Hopkins University
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Equity-Minded Nurse Practice Awardee, Kelly Ayala, Wisconsin
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Equity-Minded Nurse Leader Vicki Hines-Martin, University of Louisville
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Equity-Minded Nurse Rising Star Kelly McGlothen-Bell, UT San Antonio
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Equity-Minded Nurse Researcher, S. Raquel Ramos, Yale University

What does it mean to be an equity-minded nurse?

We asked nine nurses to share what it means to each to be equity-minded. Below are their responses:

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