AMSN & MSNCB Statement on a Step Toward Justice for the Late George Floyd and the Continued Commitment to Antiracism
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) express their profound gratitude for the jurors who rendered a verdict, and for the witnesses and public officials who together marked an important step toward justice for the murder of George Floyd. We extend our deepest sympathy for Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones who miss him.
Nurses stand for and provide needed care for people in their times of need and vulnerability. Mercy, justice, and antiracism are core to nurses’ responsibilities - and everyone’s. These responsibilities continue until “living while Black” and “living” are one and the same, and until every person and their potential are kept safe through mutual recognition of their essential humanity and by equal protection under the law.
This one event marks a single step in a long journey. AMSN and MSNCB's continuing commitment to end racism, its statement against discrimination and violence, and its mission for patients are integral to our profession and to the advancement of health in every respect.
Drafted: April 21, 2021