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4 Ways Nurses Can Help Reduce Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Posted by ACCESS Nursing Services on Oct 21, 2021 12:00:00 PM

COVID-19 has surely highlighted the ever-widening healthcare disparities among racial and minority groups. Between March 2020 and June 2021, Hispanic or Latino and non-Hispanic Black people were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate 2.8 times higher than non-Hispanic White people, when taking age into account.

Nurses stand at the forefront of the healthcare industry, so for meaningful changes to take hold, nurses need to play a substantial role.

Here are 4 ways nurses can play a role in reducing these healthcare disparities:

  1. Educate yourself on racial disparities: Becoming familiar with this issue is crucial. Without the understanding of why race can negatively affect one’s health, it’s only natural that you might otherwise avoid asking tough questions about this subject.
  2. Acknowledge the existence of racial disparities (even including your own): Reflecting on personal biases or prejudices and implementing practices to ensure quality care dramatically can improve is extremely important.
  3. Ask questions: Getting information on a patient's background can help you to identify potential risk factors related to their heritage or culture.
  4. Advocate for your patient: It is so important that you support your patient by advocating on his/her behalf, including informing your patient of his/her rights, providing appropriate resources (i.e., interpreters, distress screening or even going to cultural-competence training), etc.

The ACCESS nursing team of nurses provides compassionate and enlightened care for all, focused on reducing disparities in healthcare and improving the health of every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, beliefs, sexual identity, sexual orientation, etc. For more information, visit www.accessnursing.com/.

 

 

 

Topics: Blog, healthcare, racial disparities