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Faculty of Nursing Statement

Posted: June 18th, 2020

In light of the incidents over the last few weeks, both in Canada and internationally, the Faculty of Nursing reaffirms our commitment to racial justice, human rights, equity, and diversity. We acknowledge the racial discrimination and racial injustices that affect the well-being of black, Indigenous, and people of colour and commit to dismantling oppression and systemic barriers in our communities.

Ensuring our values align with the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is of paramount importance as we unite with students, staff, and faculty in the delivery of our collaborative and exclusive nursing education programs. The CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2017) guides Registered Nurses through seven primary values. These specifically include the value of honouring dignity, which calls on “nurses to recognize and respect respecting the intrinsic worth of each person,” and the value of promoting justice, which states, “nurses uphold principles of justice by safeguarding human rights, equity, and fairness.” The Code notes explicitly the responsibility to “treat each other, colleagues, students, and other health-care providers in a respectful manner, recognizing the power differentials among formal leaders, colleagues, and students.” As a community of educators, we will hold each other accountable to the values and ethical responsibilities as outlined in the Code.

We denounce racism and violence directed toward black, Indigenous, and people of color and support ending systemic oppression and structural discrimination. We commit to supporting inclusive, equitable, and safe spaces for all faculty, staff, and students within the Faculty of Nursing and the University of Regina community.