Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Health Care Workforce
Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Health Care Workforce - Module 1 Now Available & Free to Members
As a dynamic community of medical-surgical nurses committed to a mission of providing quality patient care, we acknowledge inequity harms people, health care, and health. Our core values have always been to dedicate, transform, collaborate, and advocate for that mission.
As organizations reap the many benefits of diverse teams, we’ve realized how a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion increases the cohesiveness of those teams.
This places employees in a better position to collaborate, communicate, and provide outstanding patient care. AMSN has prioritized improving patient care and the nurse work environment through diversity, equity, and inclusion and we hope others in health care will embrace this initiative with us.
As a part of the AMSN Elevate Series, AMSN is developing a 6-module e-learning course to a larger initiative on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in nursing and health care. This initiative includes the needs of patients as well as health care providers.
The certificate program covers general DEI societal and health care information, as well as five marginalized groups.
In this one-hour module, you will be challenged to:
- Investigate opportunities for connection and community building in health care workplaces.
- Increase your awareness of structural and unconscious bias.
- Support and consciously advance equity and inclusion in your workplace.
- Build a culture of appreciation and inclusion
- Distinguish among diversity, equity, and inclusion, and
- Exhibit open-mindedness to provide healing care in diverse populations that are consistent with health care best practices.
Identifying and Addressing Implicit Bias
Implicit (unconscious) bias are attitudes and stereotypes that the individual is not aware of but can influence our behaviors toward others. These implicit biases can contribute to health disparities, quality and safety, as well as patient outcomes. On a personal level, they also impact how colleagues and peers are acknowledged and collaborated with.
The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is an online set of multiple tests that allows individuals to discover potential implicit biases. Through these tests, the participant categorizes words or images that appear in succession.
The time it takes for participants to respond to various combinations provides information on unconscious mental associations the individual has. Topics available for assessment include unconscious stereotypes surrounding gender-career; skin tone; ethnicities; transgender; age; race; religion; weight; disability; and sexuality.
The full course will be available in the summer of 2022. Please enjoy the first module of this course at no cost. Contact hours for the first module will be available soon!