Launching on Thursday 26 April, the Hidden in Plain Sight exhibition will feature many roles that have been historically overlooked including the role of lesbian nurses in the First World War, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic nurses, and Deaf mental health nurses.
At the launch event, Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN Director of Nursing, Policy & Practice, will explore why the RCN is celebrating diversity in nursing, with reflections and observations about the importance of diversity and its relevance to delivering better outcomes for all patients and staff.
Carole Anderson, Chair of Scottish Workplace LGBT networking (SWAN) and a Stonewall Scotland Role Model, will also share details of the NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s ground-breaking LGBT equality work on creating an inclusive and diverse workforce, leading to recognition in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list. Further events to highlight the topics in the exhibition will be held throughout the year.
Sian Kiely, RCN Scotland’s Knowledge and Research Manager, said: “We are delighted to be honouring the wide diversity of the nursing workforce with our latest exhibition.
“This is an inspiring exhibition, which celebrates the diverse lives of nurses who, despite their contributions to the profession, struggled to be recognised and were often overlooked. It brings this important part of nursing history to life and shows its significance to today’s health service and highlights why we must champion equality and inclusion.”
SWAN Chair, Carole Anderson said:
“I’m particularly pleased that we are holding this event, as I know how important it is for our health and social care workplaces to be open, inclusive environments for the benefit of patients, staff and service users. Although research and feedback tells us there’s still work to do, significant progress has been made.”