The long road to equality

Eleanor Smith says black nurses in the NHS still face an uphill struggle to get on in their careers, but she hopes change might be afoot

Eleanor Smith says black nurses in the NHS still face an uphill struggle to get on in their careers, but she hopes change might be afoot.

Abstract

When Eleanor Smith’s daughter Abigail said she wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse, the seasoned public sector campaigner had mixed feelings.

‘Part of me was happy and proud because I love being a nurse and I still get a buzz from it,’ says the senior theatre nurse. ‘But I took a deep breath because I know what the reality has been, and still is, for black nurses working in the NHS.’

On the positive side for Abigail, who is currently in the second year of a nursing degree course, her mother is well placed to offer her plenty of advice.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 5

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