Nurses as Immigrant Advocates: A Brief Overview

Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP; Taiyyeba Safri Skomra, JD


Online J Issues Nurs. 2020;25(2) 

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Nurses have a professional and ethical responsibility to advocate for social justice (ANA, 2015). Immigrants are one of the most vulnerable populations in the US and they interact with nurses at all levels of the healthcare system. Small, collective actions of nurses to become more educated and skilled in cultural competence have the potential to make a tremendous impact to bridge disparities and improve the well-being of immigrants throughout the country.