Blog originally published June 22, 2019
Diversity refers to recognizing the differences in an individual and understanding that each person is unique. These differences can include gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs, veteran status, and more.
The value of diversity in travel nursing is tremendous, as it helps ensure quality care is provided to patients, regardless of their background. When a nurse understands their patients’ customs, beliefs, needs, risk factors, and how treatment may affect them emotionally, they can compassionately administer well-informed care. Additionally, patients may feel more comfortable with a nurse who they feel can understand and advocate for them.
Diversity for Canadian nurses
Nurses who work in Canada are faced with diversity every shift. This makes understanding diversity and fostering inclusivity incredibly important when it comes to patient communication, care, and care outcomes.
Travel nursing offers first-hand experience working with diverse groups of individuals and patients in a range of settings. This experience will broaden nurses’ horizons and can deliver long-term career benefits for compassionate caregiving. In Canada, and among our travel nurses, some of the most common types of diversity seen include inner-city homeless, First Nations peoples and refugees. While some within these populations are under-served or face barriers to access health care, those who do get treatment may receive inadequate care. To mitigate this, it’s essential to provide cultural safety to these groups and all patients.
Recognizing your unconscious bias
An unconscious bias is a social stereotype about certain groups of people that is formed and held without conscious awareness. Recognizing your own biases is the first step to overcoming them. Each and every nurse should take the time to consider what unconscious biases they may have.
Diversity, equity and inclusion training
It is essential to promote inclusion and diversity within nursing. By encouraging and celebrating diversity, nurses can learn from each other and leverage each other’s unique knowledge and understanding to deliver exceptional care. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training programs exist to support individuals and organizations through education. These programs are designed to be user-friendly, engaging, and practical. They are also very informative because they are developed by diversity and inclusion experts who have deep knowledge of the subject matter.
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Additional resources for diversity in nursing
Blog: Why Diversity Is So Important in Nursing
Video: Addressing the Gap in Nursing Workforce Diversity
Article: Cultural Competence in Nursing
Article: Understanding the True Importance of Cultural Diversity in Nursing
Interested in expanding your horizons? Take a look at our travel nursing job opportunities.