There is racism in society, and it, unfortunately, seeps down to all levels--the work place included. However, I feel it's a bit unfair to make the blanket statement it is a "big problem in nursing." True, where it is occurring, it's a huge problem, but there are lots of places it is not occurring. I have never witnessed racism in the places I have worked as a nurse, but I do realize that I am looking at it through the lens of the caucasian majority.
I must that judging racism based on whom gets written up is a pretty inaccurate sample of things. Everywhere I have worked, disciplinary actions, write ups, etc., are between the employee and the management. It was in no way published, and there is no way to accurately correlate write ups to race, gender, age, etc. Some people broadcast their write ups....others do not say anything to other employees. As I said, I'm sure there are nursing workplaces where racism exists. Write ups is not the way to "prove" that it happens.