Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO Black Nurses Task Force update

In response to widespread systemic racism and the desire to tackle this for our profession, RNAO announced in June the formation of a new Black Nurses Task Force.

The task force is co-chaired by RNAO’s immediate past-president Angela Cooper Brathwaite and NP Chantal Sorhaindo, who works at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In addition to the co-chairs, the task force is comprised of 16 RN, NP and nursing student members of RNAO who identify as Black with broad representation from diverse nursing career roles, stages, health sectors, geographic locations and organizations/institutions. Their mandate is to actively tackle anti-Black racism and discrimination within the nursing profession – its organizations, regulatory body, associations, academic institutions, employment and the broader health system targeted towards and experienced by Black nurses. 

On July 20, RNAO hosted the second webinar in their new webinar series entitled Let’s Talk about Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination in Nursing. The webinar included introductions to the new task force as well as meaningful conversations around how race and experiences have impacted nurses in their lives and practice. This webinar series will be held on the third Monday of every month from 6:45 - 8 p.m. (EDT). To learn more about the July 20 webinar, please find the presentation slides online. 

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