Health Care in Practice
According to your textbook, “health care providers commonly associated and anticipated violence with poor and racialized people, despite the fact that they were aware that violence crosses all socioeconomic levels and cultures. Paradoxically, although they were likely to assume abuse as an issue among poor and racialized women, they also tended to view poor and racialized women as less deserving of care and support” (Strohschein/Bolaria, 2014, pp. 364).
1. For this discussion exercise, answer the following questions:
a. Do you believe the paradox identified in quote above occurs and persists in health care practices. Remember to consider the power of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination in Canadian society.
b. “In a disturbing example [of the use of power], nurses reported that a physician refused to call the sexual assault team to examine a First Nations woman who had been drinking, calling her a ‘social derelict’ (Strohschein/Bolaria, 2014, pp. 364). Discuss who had the power in this situation, and why you think the doctor could not call the sexual assault team.
c. Research findings have also shown that “support was often not offered or was withdrawn from women who were perceived as not making decisions that health care providers thought best” (Strohschein/Bolaria, 2014, pp.365). Explain why this occurs and how culturally safe nursing practices can assist in stopping this from happening.