Fast Facts about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Nursing

Building Competencies for an Antiracism Practice


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Sandra Davis,Anne Marie O'Brien
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Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP, is Deputy Director for the NLN/Walden University College of Nursing Institute for Social Determinants of Health and Social Change. Prior to joining the NLN Dr. Davis was Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), at the George Washington University School of Nursing. With over 35 years in faculty, administrative, educator, clinical practice, and leadership roles her scholarly interests include health inequities, social and structural determinants of health, structural competency, and antiracism. Internationally, she held DEI discussions at Riverside College in Bacolod, Philippines. Nationally she contributed to the NLN Vision Series, "A Vision for Integration of the Social Determinants of Health into Nursing Education Curricula" and sits on the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. Dr. Davis was Principal Investigator on a Photovoice Project; "The Social Determinants of a Heart Healthy Community" exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She recently co-published an article in Academic Medicine with Dr. Anne-Marie OBrien entitled Lets Talk about Racism: Building Structural Competency in Nursing. Dr. Davis is a board-certified ACNP and Past President of the NP Association of DC. She is an AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow, a Leadership for Academic Nursing Fellow, a Fellow in AANP and an inductee in the Temple University Distinguished Alumni Gallery of Success. Dr. Davis received a BA from Wellesley College, a BSN from Temple University, an MSN and ACNP certification from the University of Pennsylvania, a DPM from Temple University and a PhD from Drexel University in Educational Leadership. Anne-Marie OBrien, PhD, MA, WHNP-BC, is a nursing research scientist at Inova Health System, Falls Church, VA and a Research Fellow at the Center for Public Policy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. She was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor at The George Washington School of Nursing where she also served as the Director of ABSN Clinical Education. Dr. OBrien earned her Bachelor of Arts in French, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Arts in French from UCLA. Dr. OBrien practiced as a Womens Health Nurse Practitioner for nine years in private practice in the field of reproductive endocrinology before going on to earn her PhD in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation with a focus on gerontology from Arizona State University. Over the last thirty years, she has worked for and with community organizations, academic institutions, and health systems in the belief that we can more effectively address racial and health inequities when we bring together our unique life experiences and expertise. Her clinical practice, research, and teaching have all centered on the social and ecological factors that influence a persons engagement in health promotion and shared decision-making. Dr. OBrien is also an advocate for social justice and its impact on health disparities, and believes nurses play a crucial role in partnering with communities to make positive change. Dr. OBriens research has appeared in The Western Journal of Nursing Research, Nursing Research, Medical Research Archives, and Academic Medicine. Her program of research continues to critically examine institutional and societal power structures and to identify strategies for promoting health equity and social justice.

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