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Black History Month and its significance in the nursing profession

By:  Kenya Campbell, KCH Licensed Practical Nurse
Published:  February 26, 2024

As we observe Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on what this month signifies not only to our society but also for myself as a Nurse. As a healthcare professional, I am tasked with providing compassionate care to all individuals, regardless of their background, race, or ethnicity. We must recognize the diversity of our patients and approach each interaction with empathy, respect and understanding. Black History Month serves as a reminder of the contributions and struggles of African Americans throughout history, as it holds particular significance for us in the nursing profession.

For a Nurse, Black History Month is a time to honor the trailblazers who paved the way for diversity and inclusion within the healthcare field. From pioneers like Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first African American registered nurse, to leaders such as Mabel Keaton Staupers, whose efforts led to the desegregation of nursing organizations, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who challenged barriers and fought for equality in healthcare.

Black History Month prompts us to acknowledge and address the persistent health disparities that affect Black communities, as healthcare providers we must confront systemic issues that contribute to these disparities and work tirelessly to eliminate them.

So, as I commemorate Black History Month, I pause. And recommit to the pursuit of excellence in nursing and the advancement of health equity for all individuals. To honor the legacy of those who came before me.

At Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care (KCH), we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, our patients and our community. Our diversity defines us. It binds us. It makes us great.

This is a personal perspective by Kenya who was invited to write about her views; but these views do not necessarily represent KCH or the opinions of its leadership or staff. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Employee Resource Group aims to represent and create conversation around the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of our staff.

Kenya Campbell, Kansas City Hospice LPN


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