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The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, released a report in May on its survey of 5,000 RNs in New York State. One of the findings reported was that "non-Hispanic white RNs" in hospitals in and around New York City "earned more than their minority counterparts at almost every level of experience." The difference in median annual gross salary appeared to be about $8,000.


A July 5 news report in Crain's New York Business by Gale Scott cited the stories of several RNs who said they had experienced racial discrimination in pay or advancement. AJN would like to hear from nurses from around the country. Is this practice widespread? Have you been paid less than equally competent and experienced colleagues or held back from promotion because of race or ethnicity, or do you know nurses who say that they have been?


Send your stories to editorial director Shawn Kennedy by e-mail:, or by mail: AJN, 333 7th Ave., 19th Fl., New York, NY 10001.