1st Black woman inducted into Academy of Emergency Nurses

A Texas nurse became the first Black woman to be inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nurses, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Nov. 16.

Shawntay Harris, RN, started her career more than 20 years ago. She has worked as an emergency nurse and opened Eminent CPR, a facility where people learn CPR, in 2006.

"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," she told the newspaper.

The Academy of Emergency Nurses recognizes nurses who made "enduring, substantial contributions to emergency nursing," and have advanced "the profession of emergency nursing, including the healthcare system in which emergency nursing is delivered," and have provided "visionary leadership to ENA and AEN."

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