to help and understand them. That respect is not always offered back in return, and sometimes I feel that I am judged based on their biases before they even give me a chance. How strong are your biases? As a result of my upbringing I do have some biases that have carried over with me. I do feel that I give everyone a chance until they prove to me that my biases were justified. I proceed with caution at first when approaching those of other cultures so that I can learn how to adjust to what they need. Not everyone of the same culture behaves the exact same way either, so I prefer to let them lead me in the right direction. I do find that I am sometimes less patient with those of different cultural backgrounds because I feel like we do not communicate effectively with each other, and I find myself getting frustrated because I want to engage with them and do not know how. How can you address these personal biases in your professional nursing practice? I address these personal biases in my professional nursing practice by giving everyone a chance to communicate who they are to me. I try to put my biases aside, and see those right in front of me regardless of culture and ethnicity. I also ask a lot of questions. I feel like if you do not know, it is then important to ask. I do not want to assume certain things based on physical appearance alone. I also try and research what I do not know. Nursing school assignments like this one have helped educate me a lot too. I look forward to continuing to learn about culture and becoming more culturally competent. Reply Reply to Comment
o Collapse Subdiscussion Jason Caldera Jason Caldera FridayJul 17 at 9:20am Manage Discussion Entry I feel like I have a similar back ground to you. I consider myself an open person and willing to accept others cultures and beliefs however I grew up in a small rural community where 80% of folks were white and was never really exposed to people of different ethnic backgrounds or race. I have strong beliefs against discrimination of any kind and would like to think I could work or take care of anyone with equal abilities but I do have some anxiety about being around folks who don't look like or believe what I do. I think this is simply because I have never had the opportunity to do it before and it would be a big change for me to do so. Change has always been a big source of anxiety for me but I usually come out better for it on the other side. Thanks for your post! Reply Reply to Comment Collapse Subdiscussion Sakenia Bradley Sakenia Bradley WednesdayJul 15 at 11:38pm Manage Discussion Entry After completing the General Awareness and Attitude Scale, it seems I have no problem interacting with people of different cultures or ethnic groups. I have always went to a mixed school so my friends have always been of different races. I will say that I love learning the different cultures of my coworkers from food to learning words or phrases. We have had potlucks where everyone brings their favorite dishes and I have also learned during the cold weather how to wrap my head in my scarfs like a hijab.
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