Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 31(4) December 2018 : 50-56.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2019.25756
Nursing Leadership: Perspectives and Insights

Black Nurse Leaders in the Canadian Healthcare System

Keisha Jefferies, Megan Aston and Gail Tomblin Murphy


This article highlights a growing gap in the Canadian nursing workforce, specifically in nursing leadership. Black nurses are significantly underrepresented in nursing and even more so as nurse leaders. This commentary will provide a brief background related to Black nurses in healthcare, a description of nursing leadership, the significance of having Black nurses in leadership positions and finally how to move towards increasing the representation and visibility of Black nurse leaders. This commentary is timely and necessary, as it will describe how Black nurse leaders can enrich the nursing profession as well as the lives of Black individuals, families and communities.



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