Understanding nurses' responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity

David Peter Stonehouse

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Nurses have a duty to promote the values of equality and diversity during their interactions with patients and their families and carers, as well as peers and colleagues. This article defines the terms equality, diversity and inclusion, and explains the importance of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 in protecting people from various types of discrimination. It also outlines nurses' responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity by treating all patients and colleagues with respect and dignity, providing compassionate leadership, and practising in accordance with the ethical principle of justice. The article encourages and empowers nurses to recognise and challenge discrimination wherever they see it, thereby delivering high-quality care to all patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalNursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Issue number6
Early online date6 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


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