Sample Nursing Paper on Medical Racism

Nursing practice has journeyed from the Nightingale era to this modern era. Times could have changed but not the values and ethos of nursing. Nursing is a compassionate trade molded around showing concern for patients’ needs and caring for them (Louise & Milika , 2014). Caring for patients entails creating a bond with and effectively communicating with them as their needs are attended to. However, racial based hate bedeviling the health sector has watered down the milestones already made.

The current scenario, though relatively calm, hasn’t been without racial overtones. Lack of multiculturalism in healthcare has seen the under representation of minorities in drug testing and clinical trials. This has been heralded by minority groups’ tendency to be more comfortable around minority healthcare providers who are conversant with multiculturalism and show some appreciation of their culture. (American Nursing Association, 2016) This suspicion, most of which has historical injustices as its root cause, disenfranchised these minorities who suffer peculiar diseases i.e. The Tuskegee Syphilis study where treatment was withheld from the study volunteers of African American origin leaving them to suffer from the disease for many years and die (Sharif & García, 2015). Minorities are more pre disposed to requiring medical services yet are poorly placed in terms of access and economic empowerment to access these services.

To fight against racial and racist practices in provision of healthcare services several amendments should take effect. First is an appreciation of the dynamic ways in which racism manifests in society. Gain a deeper understanding of the effects of racial stratification in society with allusion to mortality and morbidity of racial minorities. A multi faceted approach in the fighting of racism through integration of various professional bodies managing the health sector (Sharif & García, 2015) in the US i.e. National Institutes of Health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health should be sought (American Nursing Association, 2016). In nursing practice, deliberate measures should be taken by industry players to ensure that social integration is also represented in nursing practice. An increase in the number of minority nurses is therefore imminent. Counter racial health inequalities efforts will bear no fruit if structural factors are not addressed. To address these is the destruction of the shacks structural racism in the criminal justice system which fuel the cycle of poverty among the minority blacks and a greater appreciation of each other as not a body, but a ‘somebody’ (Louise & Milika , 2014).

 

References

American Nursing Association. (2016, 12 28). Dscrimination and Racism in Health Care. NUrsing World , 1-4.

Louise , B., & Milika , M. (2014). How does it feel like being in my shoes? Patients’          experiences of compassion within nursing care and their perceptions of developing        compassionate nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing , 23, 2790–2799.

Sharif, M. Z., & García, J. J.-L. (2015). Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and          Public Health. American Journal of Public Health , 105 (8), e27-e30.