Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing, Healthcare, and Nursing Academia

On episode 406 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Dr. Donna Nickitas, Ph.D, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN, the Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden. In the course of their conversation, Keith and Dr. Nickitas take a deep dive into issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (aka: “D.E.I.”) and how these issues must be addressed in both nursing academia and the wider nursing and healthcare spheres.

Dr. Donna M. Nickitas, Ph.D, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN is the Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, as well as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Interim Provost. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet and a member of the university’s Executive Vice President’s Academic Affairs Committee.

Dr. Nickitas assumed the deanship in July 2018 after a distinguished career at the City University of New York’s Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and The Graduate Center, where she was a professor, the executive officer of the nursing science Ph.D. program, and served previously as the former specialty coordinator of the dual degree in nursing administration/public administration.

A retired major in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Reserve Corps, Dr. Nickitas previously served as assistant director of maternal-child health nursing at Bellevue Medical Center in New York and as a staff nurse in the labor and delivery unit at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. She is an exceptional administrator, a noted health policy scholar, and an energetic visionary regarding the future of health care and nursing education in America.

Dr. Nickitas believes wholeheartedly that nurses serve society and do public good by advancing health, driving public policy, and promoting access to quality, patient-centered care. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of peer-reviewed books related to the nursing profession.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at NurseKeith.com, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

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