Shawntay Harris, a Texas nurse, has made history as the first Black woman inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nurses.
With a nursing career that began in 2000, Harris founded Eminent CPR in 2006, an American Heart Association training center focused on teaching life-saving skills like CPR to nurses and other medical professionals. Beyond her work at the center, she offers courses from the Emergency Nurses Association and her own specialized programs.
The Academy of Emergency Nurses recognizes individuals who’ve significantly contributed to emergency nursing, impacting both the profession and the healthcare system.
Harris expressed her initial shock at the nomination, questioning her worthiness and impact. She realized the historic nature of her induction, being the first Black woman among the academy members.
Harris believes her recognition will positively influence patients, emphasizing the importance of healthcare providers reflecting the diversity of the patient population.
Studies support this notion, suggesting that shared identity enhances patient-provider relationships, fostering trust and better communication.
As the founder of Eminent CPR, Harris sees her achievement as a groundbreaking moment, hoping it paves the way for more Black nurses to be acknowledged in the medical field.
She aspires to inspire others, stating, “It feels amazing to know that I’ve broken this ceiling so other nurses of color know they can, their work is great and exciting, has global impact, is sustainable, and they’ll see someone that looks like them.”
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