Revolutionizing the Nursing Curriculum.
There have long been challenges associated with integrating knowledge about diversity, disparities, and determinants into nursing curricula. Villarruel, Bigelow, and Alvarez describe these concepts as the three Ds about issues of disconnects and discrimination. These disconnects are evidenced by years of communicating the desire to reduce or eliminate disparities, without improvement in the education of future nurse professionals to prepare them to help achieve this goal. Over 10 years ago, Allen reviewed the literature on evidence to guide teaching on cross-cultural care and antiracism in nursing education, yet very little has changed. It is essential that academic nursing weaves health equity concepts throughout all programs, and establishes and maintains competency in and commitment to addressing health disparities, inequalities, and inequities. This article provides evidence of continued bias and racism, and suggestions for curricular change and student and educator training, in order to rebuild and solidify a nursing curriculum that is nonbiased and inclusive. The suggestions include a deeper look at the structures of the organization and the systemic culture, to ensure that racism is being combated as well.
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