AUSTIN - Today, Texas Nurse Practitioners issued the following statement:
“TNP stands with communities of color – both within our nurse practitioner community and across the diverse communities we serve – against institutional and systemic racism.
“Every day, nurse practitioners fight for the lives, dignity, and humanity of every single patient they encounter. It is the foundation of our profession, and it’s our sacred duty. This duty is impeded where institutional racism persists and leads to inequalities that bleed into our health care system. Communities of color are more likely to be uninsured, more likely to have unequal access to healthcare, and more likely to suffer from extreme health disparities. Nowhere have these health inequalities been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-three percent of all US COVID-19 fatalities have been of African Americans, yet they make up only 14 percent of the total population.
“Racism impacts many aspects of our society, but it also has an unequivocal impact on the health and well-being of our communities. Racism is a public health issue. We must strive for justice, for reform, and for long-term changes within the system so that every human being – every patient a nurse practitioner serves – has a chance at a healthy life.
“Today and always, we stand with our fellow Texans and communities of color."