Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: Fighting inequality in nursing
20 March 2021 | 10:23 am
She was Britain’s first nurse specialist on the blood disorder sickle cell anemia, and she’s been honoured by the Queen for her work to try to stamp out racism in the National Health Service. Dame Elizabeth Anionwu was initially inspired as a child to become a nurse after a Catholic nun looked after her severe eczema. She entered the NHS at 16 as a school nursing assistant, and rose to become a professor and dean of the nursing school at the University of West London, before taking up the baton to tackle racism. She spoke to us for Perspective.