How boring would the world be if everyone was the same? We would all have the same beliefs, values, and think the same. There would be no room to grow, learn new things and expand our knowledge. To me, diversity means that all of the components that make us who we are.

Question description

Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.”

References:

  • Response posts: Minimum of one (1) total reference: one (1) from peer-reviewed or course materials reference per response.

Words Limits

  • Response posts: Minimum 100 words excluding references.

Discussion 1

How boring would the world be if everyone was the same? We would all have the same beliefs, values, and think the same. There would be no room to grow, learn new things and expand our knowledge. To me, diversity means that all of the components that make us who we are. There are a variety of beliefs and values that make each and every one of us unique from the other, making us diverse.

Having diverse health care workers not only helps us understand those that are different from us but also allow us to grow as people. The more diverse the workplace, the more creativity and new perspectives (Hult, 2018). With new perspectives and creativity, it will allow us as healthcare providers to be better to help those that we are taking care of. The more a workplace values you as an employee, respects your culture you are more likely to keep those employees and be a place where everyone wants to work (Hult, 2018). Having an organization that is culturally competent allows the organization to provide the necessary services to the patients in their communities (Andrews & Boyle, 2016).

Some barriers to diversity in nursing is that when we come across a patient that we are not used to taking care of, it can be hard to provide them the care that they need. Without the adequate resources that are required to care for our patients, our patients are not going to feel that they are being well taken care of. As seen in the videos from this week, by not having the proper translator around, families felt that they were not human and that no one was listening to them.

I am a black and white person, so when dealing with patients that are unsure and change their minds about ten different times during one shift are the patients that challenge me. I do not let them know that by the third time they have changed their mind about a procedure or if they want a certain medication I want to rip my hair out. When I get patients like this, I feel that my care towards them is not as good as it should be. I do not by any means abandon my patient, but it going in their room every hour and the patient yet again changing their mind puts a stress on me that does not need to be there. I know that when patients are sick, they need reassurance that they are doing what is right for them.

Not everyone is going to be exactly like the next person, making us unique in our own ways. We are all responsible for taking care of our patients, no matter their cultural background. Utilizing the resources at hand to help out our patients is the key to be able to provide them with the best care possible.

References

Hult. (2018, January 25). 13 benefits and challenges of cultural diversity in the workplace in 2017 Hult News. Retrieved March 13, 2018, from http://www.hult.edu/blog/benefits-challenges-cultu…

Andrews, M. M., & Boyle, J. S. (2016). Transcultural concepts in nursing care. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Discussion 2

The purpose of this discussion board is to define diversity in this nurse’s own words. There are also benefits to having a diverse health care workforce. With in a diverse nurse work force there can also be barriers. This nurse will also examine her own diverse cultural background and the effects on the nursing care provided by this nurse. Understanding your on diverse background and knowing the diversity within your workforce and help provide competent culturally sensitive care for clients.

This nurse sees diversity as being a mix of different things. Diversity can be when you have a difference in values, beliefs, customs, or background then someone else or a group of people. It can also be when there is a difference in age or gender. It does not just have to be in reference ethnicity. Many times, health care workers forget to take in to account a client’s diversity. the health care worker focuses on the disease, diagnosis, or subject at hand.

There can be many benefits to a diverse work force. There is more diversity than some may see in any workplace. Diversity in the workplace is significant because it contributes to the establishments shared decision making, efficiency, and receptiveness, to social health care needs (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). Having a different perspective and point of view will open to having different solutions or being able to understand how someone feels and being able to see were they come from. With many communities becoming more diverse, having a diverse work force will likely make the client feel connected if there is someone they can relate to.

There can be some barriers to having diversity in the work place. The barriers begin with nursing education. There are less individuals applying for college that are from minorities. The cost of college is also rising, and it is difficult for individuals being able to pay for school. Nursing schools also seem to have a limited number of opening making the competition for admittance more difficult to be accepted. To attain a nursing workforce that can meet the health care needs of all patient populations there needs to be advances to endorse diversity in nursing education and must begin with changing its exclusive, traditional culture to one that confirms that all learners are provided an equal chance to a quality nursing education (Graham, Phillips, Newman, & Atz, 2016).

This nurse at times feels she does not have a diverse cultural background. I live in a predominantly Caucasian suburb, and work in a hospital that has a diverse patient population in an urban area. I have been working in this facility for over five years and have learned so much from my coworkers and patients. My coworkers are very open to sharing their background and love sharing their cultures. Many patients are very open to sharing their beliefs and customs also, Will I try to understand were they are coming from. I am very open to learning opportunities that are facility offers with continuing education in regards to diversity.

References

Andrews, M.M., & Boyle, J.S. (2016). Transcultural concepts in nursing care (7th ed.). Philadelphia, Pa:

Wolters Kluwer.

Graham, C. L., Phillips, S. M., Newman, S. D., & Atz, T. W. (2016). Baccalaureate minority nursing

students perceived barriers and facilitators to clinical education practices: an integrative review.

Nursing Education Perspectives, (3), 130.

 
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