[QUOTE=SurfCityNurse]Hi everyone! I'm a first semester student nurse at Long Beach State Univ and I'm conducting a survey for an assignment in my Nursing Communications class.
Can you please :wink2: help me out?
It's just questions regarding your experiences as a minority RN and how we can increase diversity in the nursing profession.
I'm a male nursing student and I have to interview a Registered Nurse from a minority group different from my own. So sorry guys, I know men are a minority in nursing, but only the ladies can participate in this survey.
So if you're a female Registered Nurse of any minority group, please mention...
-How many years you've been an RN? 3.25
-Hospital/clinic/facility you currently work at? Private company contracted with the state of LA
-What area of nursing do you specialize in (eg. peds, ICU...)? none, i'm a generalist, but I consider physical rehab and psych to be my specialties I guess.
-Your ethnic background? a mix of several ethnicities, but i just check black. saves me from questions most of the time.
... And can you please answer these next five questions...
1. In what ways was your educational experience more difficult or easier as a minority student?
More difficult: favoritism/doting on non-minority students even though the class was mostly non-minority.
Easier: HBCU program, first two years were pretty diverse though. nice mix of lots of ethnicities.
2. What do you see as the barriers for minority nurses in our profession?
some doctors (i've noticed) tend to ignore/disrespect/disregard the opinions of minority nurses alot quicker than a non-minority nurse, same with coworkers and management even.
3. What do you see as the opportunities for minority nurses in our profession?
feeling/becoming a part of a professional organization and collaboration with generally like minded (in caring) people.
4. What do you view as the value of increasing diversity in the nursing profession for health care?
broadened experiences for everyone, increased tolerance for those of different ethnicities
5. What do you think we can do as a profession and personally to increase diversity in nursing?
denounce stereotypes as much as possible, practice what we preach, be genuinely friendly.