Jun 19, '09
A key issue is the communication barrier and communication differences in style between cultures. Let's face it, the majority of nurses are white women. That's a specific demographic. Tone and diction differences between cultures can immediately create an issue and "escalate" situations. As a black woman who has lived and worked in all white environments as well as all black environments, I have seen these differences first hand. And not to leave out other races/ethnicities but just trying to make a quick point.
Bottomline: healthy communication is essential. More tolerance for each other's differences and styles is needed. Can it be fixed overnight? No. Will it ever be fixed 100%? I'm not saying that. But we can try and start with offering continuing education on a regular basis regarding sensitivity training for nurses and, as one poster already pointed out, perhaps reminding patients of what is expected of them within our health systems too.
Last edit by mommyonamission on Jun 19, '09
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