Family and Community HealthReturning to the Profession's Roots Social Justice in Nursing Education for the 21st CenturyThurman, Whitney MSN, RN; Pfitzinger-Lippe, Megan PhD, RNAuthor Information The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Austin. Correspondence: Whitney Thurman, MSN, RN, Doctoral Student, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, 1710 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701 ([email protected]). Both authors have been employed by the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing within the past 36 months. Ms Thurman is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Dr Pfitzinger-Lippe is a 2014-2016 Jonas Scholar. The authors have no other disclosures. Advances in Nursing Science: April/June 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 184-193 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000140 Buy Metrics Abstract This article reviews the history of social justice in nursing and argues that education needs to be redesigned to allow nurses to return to the profession's social justice roots. A review of social justice literature in nursing practice and education was conducted. Although social justice is a recurring theme in the literature, definitions are abstract, calls to action are ambiguous, and theoretical frameworks continue to emphasize the individual nurse-patient dyad. Nursing education needs to be redesigned to incorporate social justice concepts throughout the entire curriculum. By educating the current and future nursing workforce, the profession can return to its roots of social justice to address structural inequalities and social injustices that manifest as health inequities in the United States. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.