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In the video of some of Joyce Echaquan’s final moments, she lays in a hospital bed, crying out in distress. Despite her pain, Ms. Echaquan captured her experience in the Joliette, Quebec hospital on Facebook Live, recording hospital staff as they insulted and dismissed her. Ms. Echaquan, a 37-year-old Indigenous woman, had been admitted to the hospital because of stomach pains and reportedly had a medication allergy. She died shortly after sharing the live video.
Outcry over Ms. Echaquan’s mistreatment and calls to address systemic racism in health care have echoed across the country and the nurse caught on video insulting Ms. Echaquan was fired. The event was shocking and sad for the nursing community, but many argue that racism in the field is nothing new. In fact, it’s something students, professors and members of nursing associations say is embedded in their education.