The Power of Thinking Without Even Thinking: An Examination of Prejudice Among Registered Practicing Nurses

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155238
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Presentation
Title:
The Power of Thinking Without Even Thinking: An Examination of Prejudice Among Registered Practicing Nurses
Abstract:
The Power of Thinking Without Even Thinking: An Examination of Prejudice Among Registered Practicing Nurses
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Kirkhorn, Lee-Ellen Charlotte, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Title:Associate Professor of Nursing
Co-Authors:Susan Diemert Moch, PhD, RN and Katherine A. German, BSN, RN
[Research Presentation] While much of nursingápractice emphasizes the process and possible outcomes of care, there is a dearth of research about the agent who is administering that care - the personal response of the registered nurse to various alterations in health. The concept of prejudice is examined from the perspective of the registered professional nurse. Although a knee-jerk reaction to a host of public health problems may run the gamut of emotional response from moral repugnance to glee depending upon the situation, graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire participate in a nursing course designed to evoke critical thinking about their own human responses to a vast array of human conditions. Students are asked to apply theory to understand theirápersonal responses to the suffering of others. Using the work of theorist Malcolm Gladwell who has written about the split-second decisions made in nearly every situation based on unconscious biases, the Implicit Association Test (IAT), available online at www.implicit.harvard.edu, and relevant nursing literature, we present evidence for the need to studyáhuman responses of the nurse. Using examples drawn from personal experience in nursing, graduate students are asked toáthink aboutátheir own biases. Some cases areáladen with social stigmaásuch as child sexual abuse,áfamily alcoholism, or methamphetamine addiction. Some examples, such as community response to new immigrants, reveal almost no research into the impact of social prejudice upon care. Students are asked to examine their personal biases, to interview colleagues, and to comb relevant literature for ideas and insights. The educational strategy and evidence base we have used in our course, the IAT, examples of studentápresentations, and implications for nursing practice and research will be presented.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Power of Thinking Without Even Thinking: An Examination of Prejudice Among Registered Practicing Nursesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155238-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Power of Thinking Without Even Thinking: An Examination of Prejudice Among Registered Practicing Nurses</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kirkhorn, Lee-Ellen Charlotte, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kirkholc@uwec.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Susan Diemert Moch, PhD, RN and Katherine A. German, BSN, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] While much of nursing&aacute;practice emphasizes the process and possible outcomes of care, there is a dearth of research about the agent who is administering that care - the personal response of the registered nurse to various alterations in health. The concept of prejudice is examined from the perspective of the registered professional nurse. Although a knee-jerk reaction to a host of public health problems may run the gamut of emotional response from moral repugnance to glee depending upon the situation, graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire participate in a nursing course designed to evoke critical thinking about their own human responses to a vast array of human conditions. Students are asked to apply theory to understand their&aacute;personal responses to the suffering of others. Using the work of theorist Malcolm Gladwell who has written about the split-second decisions made in nearly every situation based on unconscious biases, the Implicit Association Test (IAT), available online at www.implicit.harvard.edu, and relevant nursing literature, we present evidence for the need to study&aacute;human responses of the nurse. Using examples drawn from personal experience in nursing, graduate students are asked to&aacute;think about&aacute;their own biases. Some cases are&aacute;laden with social stigma&aacute;such as child sexual abuse,&aacute;family alcoholism, or methamphetamine addiction. Some examples, such as community response to new immigrants, reveal almost no research into the impact of social prejudice upon care. Students are asked to examine their personal biases, to interview colleagues, and to comb relevant literature for ideas and insights. The educational strategy and evidence base we have used in our course, the IAT, examples of student&aacute;presentations, and implications for nursing practice and research will be presented.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:39:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:39:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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