Enhancing nursing faculty awareness of implicit racial bias, in an online teaching environment, as an antiracism strategy toward the elimination of health disparity for the Black, Hispanic, and American Indian populations

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Sheila Cothren Price (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Yancey Gulley

Abstract: There is a long history of health disparity between the Black, Hispanic, and American Indian, and the White population even though the United States of America has the highest per capital health care expenditures than any modernized country in the world. This healthcare divide is perpetuated by system which focuses on the majority population and does not adapt to the needs of the minority population. Healthcare providers do not intentionally provide a lesser standard of care for their “not White” patients; however, the caregiver’s unconscious (implicit) bias may have a negative effect on access to care, treatment choices, and health outcomes. I believe that nurses have the great opportunity to change this environment of inequity and the best opportunity to raise awareness of implicit bias will be in the nursing education experience. Eight faculty members representing our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs participated in a six week series of facilitated sessions each lasting between one and two hours in an online environment. The sessions were designed to provide various types of learning experiences intended to increase awareness of implicit bias. The quantitative measures did not demonstrate appreciable change in the level of bias. Qualitative feedback from the faculty participants indicated a level of increased awareness and affirmed that implicit bias awareness activities must continue with faculty and students.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Antiracism, Effect of Bias in Nursing Education, Health Disparity, Health Equity, Implicit Bias, Online Education Effectiveness
Nursing -- Study and teaching
Race discrimination
Medical care
Web-based instruction

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