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Webinar Professor Laura Serrant 24th April 2023

Webinar | With Professor Laura Serrant I...We...US: Inclusion, belonging and the importance of being heard in Healthcare

24th April 2023. 12.30 - 1.30pm | via Online

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, with support from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems is delighted to welcome Professor Laura Serrant OBE PHD MA BA RGN FAAN QN, who will give a special webinar to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

The webinar will take place online on 24th April 2023 from 12.30 - 1.30pm. 

Webinar Title: I...We...US: Inclusion, belonging and the importance of being heard in Healthcare 


Nursing and healthcare in the 21st century is charged with delivering high quality care within an increasingly diverse society. In pursuit of this, nursing often focuses almost exclusively on meeting the needs of patients, service users and the public. However, recent nursing shortages have resulted in increased worldwide mobility of professionals.  This brings positive advantages to receiving and migrant families and communities, however, reports often fail to recognise the challenges to both of adjusting to this movement - or the direct links between the diversity of professions and the improving life chances of patients and those receiving care - in this regard we do our communities, and our nursing workforce a dis-service. Furthermore, in the silent spaces between patient needs and nursing responsibilities, lies the unheard stories and emotional labour of qualified and undergraduate nurses from Black and Minority ethnic communities. Diversity underpins an invaluable legacy in human history and is a catalyst for delivering the high quality, equitable and culturally competent care that we all hope for.

In this presentation Professor Laura Serrant OBE shares her personal and professional reflections to highlight the importance of creating and sustaining the diversity of our workforce alongside culturally competent and compassionate leadership for truly achieving safety and quality in 21st century health care. She explores the challenges and opportunities faced at an individual and professional level as a Black academic and Nurse, looking back at some of the Global health and nursing strategic drivers of the last few years and makes a case for centralising inclusive practice and spaces to harness the power in the voices of the silenced for the future sustainability of our professions.



OrganisersUCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Speaker Profile

Professor Laura Serrant OBE is a global, multi-award-winning Leadership development and Inclusive practice specialist, professional speaker, and experienced coach. She is Director of her own consultancy Laura Serrant Limited.

She is a qualified nurse with specialist practice in sexual and reproductive health. Author of over 100 articles, including edited books and research, she is one of the BBC Expert women and was identified by The Health Service Journal among the top 50 leaders in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. She was named as the 8th most influential Black person in Britain by the Powerlist 2018. In 2018 she was awarded an OBE for services to Nursing and Health Policy.

She has a successful podcast series “Speaking for Ourselves” available across most social media platforms.

Her family are from The Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.

You can connect with Laura via:

Website: www.lauraserrant.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prof-laura-serrant-obe-11585341

Twitter: @lauraserrant

Instagram: lauraserrant2019

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