Supporting an Inclusive Environment Through Correct Name Pronunciation

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Background: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report recommends eliminating practices within nursing education that contribute to racism and discrimination. Problem: Name mispronunciation has been identified as a microaggression that can interfere with an inclusive learning environment and a sense of belonging. Approach: The faculty development approach used a TEDx talk of a story about personal naming, followed by a discussion on appropriate and inappropriate responses to name mispronunciation. Tools and strategies to promote correct name pronunciation were shared. Outcomes: Participants reported (1) the training and video were meaningful and impactful; (2) increased understanding that name mispronunciation may be considered a microaggression; and (3) increased awareness of their response to correct name pronunciation. Conclusions: A just and equitable learning environment free of discrimination is integral to achieving inclusion and belonging in nursing education. Correct name pronunciation tools and techniques can engender a sense of inclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Educator
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • diversity
  • faculty development
  • inclusion
  • name mispronunciation
  • nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Education
  • General Nursing
  • LPN and LVN


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