• This week we move into a topic of racial and cultural differences, inequality, oppression, us vs. them, you vs. me and on and on . . . . . . the year of 2020 highlighted many inequalities from healthcare to everyday life.  From COVID exposure, death rates, and “I can’t breathe” . . . the horrible year of 2020 has underscored many things that we would all like to put behind us but what did you learn.  What did you realize?  What bias did you find that you had?  This week’s discussion question focuses on when you woke up to the fact that you and a patient/student/employee were different.  When did you wake up to the fact that your world was different than that of someone else’s?


John Ellison, a 78 y.o. West Virginia born musician plays the role of a black man with a message, a black man in a video sharing his life story – a truth that he lives every day. “Wake Up Call”


Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, who represents Illinois’s 14th District and is the youngest black woman to serve in Congress, believes that better policy can help close the divide in healthcare inequality. 


What is your normal everyday life?  In the short 2 weeks you’ve been in this course, have you found any bias you didn’t know you had?  Are you considering culture, race, gender identity, inequality in a different light?


These above are just ideas she he shared with us. The question is below.

  • Questions:
  • Was there a time when you were awakened by the differences in race, cultural background, or sexual identity (gender identity) between you and your patient? How did this cultural encounter change your practice? Your patient gave you a wake-up call (verbally and/or nonverbally). If you are an educator, you can use an example from your interaction with a student. If you are an administrator, you can use an example from your encounter with a staff person.


  • USe patient /nurse , I am not an educator or administrator. Thanks
  • Things to note for all your work.
  • 1.remember to provide a clear purpose statement in your initial post
  • make sure your paragraphs are well developed, 5-6 sentences each with citations
  • 2.review the number of references expected as this is listed in the rubric
  • make sure you are citing your work – without this it is plagiarism and can be an academic violation
  • 3.make sure you are providing new information for your peers and
  • really developing your work well


Provides clear examples supported by course content and references. Cites three or more references, using at least one new scholarly resource that was not provided in the course materials. All instruction requirements noted.

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