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BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group earns 2021 Diversity Impact Award
Oct 2021

BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group earns 2021 Diversity Impact Award

National honor recognizes annual Conscious Care Conference

The BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group received a Top 25 Diversity Impact Award from the U.S. Employee Resource Group (ERG) & Diversity Council during the Diversity Impact Awards ceremony, held virtually, Sept. 17. The group placed 18th among the Top 25 award winners.

In its 11th year, the Diversity Impact Award™ recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of organizations with Employee Resource Groups that focus on improving diversity work overall, lead the diversity and inclusion process within their organizations, and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace. Recipients of the award set the standards of excellence for organizations working to improve their diversity and inclusion work. The Top 25 award recognizes individual ERG accomplishments.

The BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group is part of BJC Connections, a collection of eight individual groups committed to promoting a more diverse, engaged and inclusive workplace for everyone who helps BJC make medicine better. BJC Connections serves as the organization’s ERG program. 

BJC’s Diverse Nurses Connection group was recognized by the ERG & Diversity Council for the group’s best practices at its 2021 Conscious Care Conference. Launched in February 2018, the Conscious Care Conferences celebrate the power of diversity and inclusion, and occur annually with each year’s theme and content building upon previous year’s conference. This year’s conference was held Feb. 11, with the theme of “Healing Together.” Among the conference’s best practices were a “Chief Nursing Officers Discussion,” a “Physicians Panel,” and three sessions that dug deep into allyship, race equity and dismantling disparities.

According to Terrie Hart, BJC workforce diversity manager, “Our conferences are continuously built on celebrating our differences. Our conference design also provides attendees a safe space to begin their journey and grow together as a care team as we embark on courageous conversations that challenge us and make us better. This approach is what drives attendees to return annually and encourages others to attend.”

The annual Conscious Care Conference was created to fill a gap in the education around culturally competent care in health care. It has delivered on this goal through diverse annual sessions, such as panels featuring LGBTQ+ colleagues, male nurses and female physicians of color; presentations on trauma-informed health care of human trafficking victims; and implicit bias trainings.

“We are honored to receive national recognition from the ERG and Diversity Council,” says Hart. “It validates the commitment and support of BJC leadership and team members to our system-wide values of compassion, respect, excellence, safety and teamwork.” 

The BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group represents BJC’s nurses of color and is open to all BJC nurses and patient care team members, as well as all other BJC team members who want to show their support. The group focuses on networking, supporting cultural awareness through its annual conference and volunteering in the community.

Diversity and inclusion are a big part of BJC’s identity. An important step to inclusiveness is connecting with and understanding one another. Learn more about the BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group and the BJC Connections program.

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