Various inequalities exist in structured social systems. Women, people of color, the uneducated, the poor, and those who face disabilities have often gone voiceless and powerless throughout history, and their struggles persist today. These groups of people are marginalized and face discrimination, prejudices, and sometimes oppression. Nursing, a profession predominantly populated by women, isn’t any different.

For the purpose of this article, discrimination will be defi ned “as a showing of partiality or prejudice in treatment, action, or policies directed against the welfare of minority groups.”1 Discrimination can happen anywhere a power imbalance exists between groups of people, such as in education, in social and political contexts, and even health care. In particular, “discrimination in the health sector is disturbing as it violates the basic principles articulated by care providers.”1 Generally, nurses experience discrimination based on their gender, race, lifestyle, and physical disability. In nursing, discrimination and oppression have lead to lower salaries, hostility from colleagues in the workplace, and unequal access to professional development training programs and career advancement opportunities.

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