September 24, 2020
National Latinx Heritage Month
As we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, through October 15, it is important to consider not only the contribution Latinx nurses have made and are making every day to healthcare, but also the importance of seeing that we have a fully inclusive educational environment so the next generation of nurses will reflect who we are as a country.
Latinx Heritage Month is an appropriate time to reflect on the historical challenges that have confronted Latinx students who sought to pursue nursing careers, and the racism that has ultimately cost us the benefits of having nurses who were capable and talented just because they were of Latinx heritage. There is an urgent moral and practical imperative for seeing that as a society and as an educational system we create an environment that rewards commitment and achievement without bias based on irrelevant factors.