Nurses In Kentucky Mandated To Take Training That Says ‘White Silence’ Is Racist
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Nurses in Kentucky were told they could face “discipline” after they were mandated to take an implicit bias training that claimed there is a “history of racism in healthcare.” 

The training, required by the Kentucky Board of Nursing, instructs the health care workers to “recognize the history of racism in healthcare,” according to a new report from The Washington Examiner. The training, which was required by July 1, included discussions that said it was racist to suggest “institutional racism” didn’t exist or saying that people could advance through hard work. 

“In order to lead to meaningful change, any exploration of implicit bias must be situated as part of a much larger conversation on racism and bias,” says a slide from the training, which was put on by Kentucky Nurses Association Board of Directors Treasurer Arica Brandford and CEO Delanor Manson.

Nurses were taught that examples of “covert racism” included “white silence,” “denying institutional racism,” the phrase “there’s only one human race,” “bootstrap theory,” “Eurocentric school curricula,” “weaponizing whiteness,” “fetishizing POC,” “claiming ‘reverse racism,'” “excusing/ ‘white-splaining’ racism,” and suggesting there was no such thing as white privilege. 

Many nurses were frustrated with the class and objected to the content, but were worried they would be disciplined if they chose not to complete it. 

“They pretty much said we’re all guilty of being racist, and we need to examine the way that we take care of patients and change our behaviors because we are giving substandard care,” 40-year nursing veteran Rebecca Wall told the Examiner. 

“It’s offensive to be told if you don’t do this course, you’re out after 40 years,” she added. “A whole career spent in the field because you don’t agree to the one dogma: you’re done, you’re valueless, you’re not worth it anymore.”

According to the board of nursing, “implicit bias” training is required for nurses by a committee of the Kentucky General Assembly and “failure to do it could result in a civil sanction or discipline.”


Laura Morgan, a program manager at Do No Harm, an organization devoted to protecting “healthcare from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology,” said that some of the woke concepts manifesting at the state level were trickling down from the national American Nurses Association. She said that former ANA President Ernest Grant started moving the organization to the Left following the riots after the death of George Floyd. 

“He started taking the ANA on a sharp left turn,” she said, referencing a “racial reckoning” statement from the ANA that “talks about all the permanent harm nurses have done throughout the years to their patients.”

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