Not many Black/African American nurses working in the ICU's

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    Hello,

    I have worked in the 3 different CVICU's in the past 8 years and there is always less than 5 AA nurses in the unit. Why?
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    Must be your region because the majority of the nurses here, regardless of unit, are African American. (:

    Or Jamaican/Amercan. ;D
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    Quote from i-njoy-being-a-nurse
    Hello, I have worked in the 3 different CVICU's in the past 8 years and there is always less than 5 AA nurses in the unit. Why?
    Is that good or bad? Does it matter? (Hey, where did the smilie faces go?)
    prettymica, not.done.yet, sapphire18, and 1 other like this.
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    I do believe that some places unofficially require more credentials as a black person as oppose to other races in order to enter the icu. One practice that I've noticed is that white counterparts can enter icu as a new grad but somehow for black candidates you need to have med surg experience first.

    It was instilled to me that I (blacks) have to be twice as good to be on the same playing field as whites...with that being said ICU was never a working goal of mine. If I really wanted to be in the icu, I'd be there and the same situation applies to OB as well.....
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    You are right! I was the only "person of color' in the CVICU internship program. It was an expectation of CCRN, moving up the clinical ladder, and become an advanced practice nurse. The color of my skin was not a factor at all. Knowledge of the cardiothoracic patient was the focus for every nurse. That particular hospital was very diverse!! The staff ranged from early 20's to 60's, Caucasian, Filipino, African American, and others.
    I worked per diem at another hospital in the Texas Medical Center and the attitudes were different. When I worked in Dallas and Sacramento, things changed. I can not believe the attitudes of the nurses and the culture of the unit.
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    Yes it matters.
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    I think it is a hugely regional thing. I would also ask why more black?african american nurses do not pursue nursing or do they if you look at population statistics? It would be interesting to know. I certainly cannot see why any potential employer would cosider skin color a criteria in the hiring decision. Unless they are just a total jerk.
    MomRN0913 and fiveofpeep like this.
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    If that is the case then a discrimination case could have and should have been filed. That is blatant discrimination that I am surprised hasn't been challenged.
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    Quote from gcupid
    I do believe that some places unofficially require more credentials as a black person as oppose to other races in order to enter the icu. One practice that I've noticed is that white counterparts can enter icu as a new grad but somehow for black candidates you need to have med surg experience first.

    It was instilled to me that I (blacks) have to be twice as good to be on the same playing field as whites...with that being said ICU was never a working goal of mine. If I really wanted to be in the icu, I'd be there and the same situation applies to OB as well.....
    You're stating what you believe to be true, not what you know to be true as supported by facts.

    Maybe that's what your family told you, but I've never believed it. Make sure you're not super-imposing your views on others.
    Nrsasrus, DroogieRN, iggyEDRN, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    You're stating what you believe to be true, not what you know to be true as supported by facts.

    Maybe that's what your family told you, but I've never believed it. Make sure you're not super-imposing your views on others.
    Thank you for reading my comment. I sure hope that others have the ability to break down the meaning of my sentences......

    If you can reason, so can others......

    and make sure or else WHAT!!!


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