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U. Virginia Tries to Address Racism and Equity in its Nursing Program

U. Virginia Tries to Address Racism and Equity in its Nursing Program

“People’s lives and the care they receive is driven by how well-versed we are in issues of race, class, culture, etc”

Every field in academia will eventually be subjected to social justice focused scrutiny.

The College Fix reports:

University of Virginia trains faculty, staff on how to ‘stop graduating racists’

The University of Virginia recently hosted a series of training sessions on “institutional equity” in order to address racial bias in teaching and learning.

Put on for faculty of the university’s School of Nursing and other officials, the training, under a program called the Institutional Equity Initiative, focused on how to address racism and privilege, specifically within the nursing profession.

“In nursing, racial and cultural competence matters immensely,” Christine Kueter, senior writer and editor at the UVA School of Nursing, told The College Fix.

“People’s lives and the care they receive is driven by how well-versed we are in issues of race, class, culture, etc,” she said, adding that individuals must learn to “check their own implicit biases … so as to deliver the best care possible.”

The university’s news service highlighted the program, which finished its first series at the school last month. Most of the attendees of the program were nursing faculty, said Kueter; the nursing school sent 22 faculty and administrators. In addition to these, diversity deans from other departments participated in the training, including those from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the Curry School of Education, the McIntire School of Commerce, Student Health, the Women’s Center, and Campus Safety.

The Institutional Equity Initiative is led by Shaun Harper, the executive director of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California.

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“People’s lives and the care they receive is driven by how well-versed we are in issues of race, class, culture, etc”

So, like, the medicine doesn’t actually count? Good to know.

Blood is blood. Every real nurse knows that.
Even 30 seconds teaching this crap instead of teaching medicine puts every nurse in this program at a disadvantage. Unfortunately that means every patient also must accept less competent care, because of racism, privilege, whatever. Every malpractice attorney should keep Ms. Keuter’s name handy and add her to every lawsuit they can. Bah!

Metallica helped get me through nursing school . . . The “psychology” course frankly was a course in PC touchy-feely garbage–I frequently left class early, went home and turned up Metallica to regain my sanity. (Survival hint to any nursing students reading this)

Most people do not want to be a patient in an Emergency Department. Genuine cultural sensitivity and preservation of dignity are extremely important, especially when teaching and coaching people through procedures that are not exactly pleasant.

“People’s lives and the care they receive is driven by how well-versed we are in issues of race, class, culture, etc,” is PC-speak to force validation of any patient’s fantasy view of reality. This is even worse than believing there’s no difference between men and women or “teaching” self esteem.

“…the Institutional Equity Initiative, focused on how to address racism and privilege, specifically within the nursing profession” introduces an interference layer of chaos and fuzzy uncertainty between the application of medical care and patient when there should be clarity and reality. We’re talking life and death issues here, which present even when least expected.

The day my competence as a trauma nurse depends upon my proper use of 29 different pronouns is the day quality medicine dies, and the day I retire–which is no doubt one of their goals as well.

Seeing how this program is against racism they must be fighting discrimination in every form. It must be against treating people differently based on race, affirmative action.

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