An Introduction to Anti-Racism for the Nursing Professional: A Focus on Anti-Black Racism Author: Nadia Prendergast

Jan 26, 2023

“An Introduction to Anti-Racism for the Nursing Professional: A Focus on Anti-Black Racism” is an open educational resource (OER) created for undergraduate nursing students at the introductory level. Educators co-curated this OER in collaboration with students for students. This resource is a unique contribution to nursing education as content focuses on Anti-Black racism in the Canadian context.


The resource includes four chapters. The first chapter focuses on providing a context to racism, anti-Black racism, the link between racism and intersectionality, and racism, health, and healthcare. The second chapter focuses on what it means to be Black. The third chapter focuses on the invisibility of Black nurses, and highlights Black, Indigenous, Asian, and racialized nurse leaders. The final chapter focuses on anti-racism and nursing communication.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pioneering nurses who have been made invisible include Mary Seacole, Marisse Scott, Rufaida Al-Aslamia, Agnes Chan, and Edith Monture.
  • We all need to make the important contributions of nurses and nurse leaders from racialized groups visible.
  • Modern-day nurse leaders include Dr. Bukola Salami, Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite, Ovie Onagbeboma, Geoffrey Maina, Annette Bailey, Maher El Dionne Sinclair, and Josephine Wong.
Canadian Black Nurses Alliance
Canadian Black Nurses Alliance