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What should nurse employers be doing to tackle racist abuse from patients and relatives?

A more proactive, zero tolerance stance against overt and subtle racism is needed, say readers

A more proactive, zero tolerance stance against overt and subtle racism is needed, say our readers

A nurse recently generated a tidal wave of support on social media and received an award from his NHS employer after he tweeted about racial abuse from a patient .

But what more should employers be doing to tackle racist abuse aimed at nurses by patients and relatives? Nursing Standard readers have their say.

Stacy Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Nottingham @misssdjohnson

Employers must set the expectation that staff will intervene where there is obvious – and more subtle – racism from patients, relatives and staff, and should provide training in effective intervention.

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