The Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians stands with other professional healthcare organizations to speak out about racial inequality and injustice!
As nurses, it is our duty to advocate for and be partners with our community. As nurses, we must speak out against racism, discrimination, and injustice.
The Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians stands with other professional healthcare organizations to speak out about racial inequality, injustice, and the continued crimes of police murdering Black men, women, and children without accountability. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks have further emphasized the need for changes in policing in this country, coupled with a systemic change to address institutional racism embedded in our nation.
The actions to break down systemic racism in healthcare aligns with our mission as an association and professional organization. Racism directly affects the physical and mental health of our patients and represents a concerning public health problem. As an organization of healthcare providers, we recognize that systemic racism is a root cause of healthcare disparities for our patients of color and their families. As an organization, we have both the will and the power to effect change and are committed to helping break down systemic barriers through legislation, education, and advocacy. We will continue efforts to help increase access to healthcare for all, and in particular, for the Black communities and persons of color.
As we encourage dialogue and reject violence as a solution to these long-standing inequalities, we urge our Senators and Congressmen to immediately pass legislation to match the demands of the American people by passing laws for law enforcement officials to be held criminally liable for the murders and assaults of Black men, women, and children, and to identify, address, and take actions to correct systemic racism in all forms. Further, we urge our Maryland State Legislature to pass similar laws in Maryland. The Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians will support this legislation and will work to see that it is passed because of #BlackLivesMatter.
Elaine M Crain, DNP, FNP Angela Borger, DNP, FNP
President Past President
Lorraine Diana, MSN, CRNP Marie Tarleton, MSN, FNP
Conference Chair Treasurer
Beth Baldwin, MSN, PNP Sabrina Sepulveda, MSN, PMH
Michele Williams, DNP, CRNP