More than a quarter of nurses have witnessed racist behaviour at work, a Nursing in Practice survey has revealed, with BAME workers reporting a worsening situation because of Covid-19.

The survey of 40 primary care and community nurses, and midwives, found 28% had seen racist behaviour, prejudice or discrimination in their workplace against other people in the last year. A quarter believed racism was an issue at work.  

Among the nine black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) respondents, to the survey – run during September and October this year – a third had personally experienced racist behaviour, prejudice or discrimination in their workplace in the last year. Half believed racism was an issue at work.