HOW DOES THE COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE RECOGNIZE BIAS, STEREOTYPES, AND IMPLICIT BIAS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY? NRS 428
How does the community health nurse recognize bias, stereotypes, and implicit bias within the community? How should the nurse address these concepts to ensure health promotion activities are culturally competent? Propose strategies that you can employ to reduce cultural dissonance and bias to deliver culturally competent care. Include an evidence-based article that address the cultural issue. Cite and reference the article in APA format.
A community health nurse can recognize bias, stereotypes, and implicit bias within the community simply by being culturally competent. Understanding the people in your community can help you prepare for what to expect in the community health setting. According to our book, “the nurse should be well informed regarding stereotypes and biases in order to be sensitive to these issues and provide the most unbiased care possible.” (Falkner, 2018). The nurse can address these concepts to ensure health promotion activities are culturally competent by being aware of how people are judged by others. Also, understanding what issues the patient is facing and what the patient may face in their culture with any treatment plans that are made. Helping the patient to recover and providing resources that they may not have access to can help tremendously. Strategies that can be employed to reduce cultural dissonance and bias to deliver culturally competent care would be to simply treat the patient as if they were a member of your family. You do not change the way you would do a normal assessment and cover all areas and resources with everyone the same. This allows you to provide the same care to every patient, every time allowing no one to feel individualized or left out. In a recent study they found that “moral emotions are frequently elicited by communication and care practices considered ‘foreign’. The main implication is that although safe practice in healthcare organizations is reliant on highly functioning teams, collaboration is challenged by interprofessional power relations of contested culturally shaped values. We address practice‐based strategies that enable engagement with moral emotions to enhance effective teamwork.” (Cook, Brunton, 2018). We as healthcare workers need to be able to understand the patient’s needs as well as communicate with other healthcare team members no matter what race or ethnicity they are. The goal between the patient, you as the nurse, and the rest of the healthcare team should be the same in the end.
Cook, C., & Brunton, M. (2018). The importance of moral emotions for effective collaboration in culturally diverse healthcare teams. Nursing inquiry, 25(2), e12214.
Falkner, A. (2018). Community & Public Health: The Future of Health Care. https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs427vn/community-and-public-health-the-future-of-healthcare/v1.1/#/chapter/3.
Great post. It has been noted that a number of healthcare personnel have an implicit bias against gay and lesbian people. This bias has led to a number of LGBT people avoiding healthcare facilities and not seeking treatment for ailments early. Ableism is also a common bias where people believe that people with disabilities are not as capable or as valuable as those without disabilities, and a study carried out showed that professionals preferred people without disabilities. It is important that healthcare professionals act in a manner that does not display preferences.
Smith.A. 2021. Medical news today. Bias in healthcare.
· Shana Fogelman
replied toRhoda Fadri
Jan 16, 2022, 10:05 PM
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Your post was very informative, and I LOVE the point you made that we should treat our patient’s how we would want our family members to be treated if it were them to help reduce cultural dissonance and bias. Having this mindset of treating our patients like family has been proven to help healthcare workers to be more attentive, listen closely, keep an open mind, and to be non-judgmental (Yun, 2017). I also personally feel that doing that can help the patient feel more supported in their care, and helps them really be able to trust us as nurses and that as a healthcare system we are providing the best care possible for them. As for working together and being able to collaborate with our interprofessional team, I feel that struggle of often times not feeling heard or that the doctor feels that I do not know what I am talking about and they are smarter than I. However, keeping in mind this concept of treating my patient like a family member I do not allow that to stop me from speaking up and pushing for things that my patient needs.
Yun, O. D. (2017, October 10). Treating Patients Like Family. Austin Regional Clinic. https://www.austinregionalclinic.com/news-and-events/article/doctors/treating-patients-like-family