The Rheumatology Nurses Society Condemns Racism

RNS Condemns Racism

The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) condemns racism of people of color and wish to express our deepest condolences and utmost concern for the black community as our country responds to the recent, senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. In the midst of a pandemic that has hit the black community particularly hard, many are now grieving the loss of friends and loved ones. Along with loss, there has been mounting concern regarding the disruption of education of their children, the disproportionate unemployment, and the uncertainty of sufficient food supply and shelter. All of this comes at a time when we have slowed the pace of our daily lives and have hopefully been able to open our ears and our hearts to hear the cries of the underrepresented black community and witness their pain. These cries are not only being heard but recognized by so many. Thankfully we have seen an increase in those that are trying very hard to become educated and better understand the issues surrounding racism and inequality among the black community. While it has been encouraging to see more dialogue and unity unfolding to understand the racial oppression of people of color and change that is needed, we as a society recognize that talk is not enough. It is an action to make critical changes that is needed. We want you to know that we see you, we hear you but most of all we are here to help you today, tomorrow, and each day thereafter.

As an organization, we recognize that systemic racism has led to health and health care disparities among our black patients and their families. We, as a nursing organization, have the power to effect change and are committed to stepping up our efforts to fight hard with our advocacy to breakdown some of these systemic barriers; particularly when it comes to access to healthcare, medications and medication delivery choices which hurts our black community the most. This is our beginning, but we will not stop there. Our actions to break down systemic racism in healthcare will strengthen our mission as an association and professional organization. We are committed to the development and education of healthcare professionals to benefit its members, patients, family, and the community.