Posted today on the GLMA Nursing blog – an article addressing a neglected part of social stigma: patient homophobia and racism toward nurses.
Our GLMA Nursing Colleague, Fidel Lim, just shared news of this, his latest article co-authored by one of his students (now graduated)! This year Fidel will not be able to join us for the nursing summit, but he remains actively involved in the Education workgroup. This article discusses the very difficult situation of patient verbal homophobic or racist assaults toward nurses, creating a real challenge for the nurse who is morally obligated to continue to provide the best quality of care.
As they note, even though society in general is shifting in the direction of greater acceptance of diversity, prejudice and incivility still exist, and having good support systems in place for nurses to deal constructively with the situation is an essential part of a positive workplace environment. In addition, collective action by organized nursing groups lends strength to all efforts to overcome prejudice and stigma. As they state:
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