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Nurses can make snap judgments on patients for many different reasons,
without ever even speaking to them. Over my years, I have witnessed this from
coworkers, especially when it comes to the
homeless and impoverished patients.
Working in an intercity hospital, our population is higher than average for the
impoverished, and other vulnerable populations. Many times nurses do
make comments based on clothing, smell, cleanliness,
and so on. We must
advocate for these individuals and educate staff on stereotyping and implicit
bias. These individuals deserve
the same quality of care as anyone else. It’s
not even always about race and culture. Implicit bias is very common in the
setting, and being aware of it is the first step to preventing it. “Discrimination based on these
and biases is an unfortunate yet common occurrence in health care”.
Have you witnessed implicit bias or
discriminatory comments made at your workplace? What have you done to address
Does your workplace have policies for this? ( FYI: I have and we do have policies at the hospital)
Part 2 (1 reference)
African American communities are a vulnerable population as they are
marginalized and underrepresented.
African Americans face several inequities,
including disparities in health care, segregation, general health, food
underrepresentation in government and the medical field, and
disparities in democracy and public participation.
are disproportionately at risk for chronic illnesses in the
United States due to racial inequities in access to resources and treatment
necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Racial/ethnic inequities in
access to health care also exist at work, where a large
percentage of African
Americans hold low-paying positions where insurance is either unavailable or
unaffordable and paid sick
leave is limited as researched by Wright &
Merritt (2020). Therefore, African Americans are less likely to have access to
healthcare providers and are more likely to use hospital emergency
rooms. What role can nurses play in minimizing the inequities?
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