Nurses form the largest workforce in the healthcare, and they can play a crucial role in changing the negative aspects of their professional sector, particularly regarding the healthcare inequalities. Even more importantly, in diverse communities, nurses and nursing as a discipline can be the best agents in agitating for the necessary movements in the equality of health services provision. Nevertheless, this condition can be attained only by their rejection of being passive players and by gaining constant and close interactions with their patients, which involve changes in their professional and personal perspectives. This paper provides my reflections made in the course of group discussions regarding the unique characteristics of the profession of a nurse.
Over the course of the group discussions, one thing has been consistently clear: in line with improving the healthcare equality, a nurse needs to be more involved in advocating for the vulnerable people in a society. However, to support the better involvement of nurses in terms of agitating for social equality and respect for the rights of other people, one needs to ensure an equality in the professional field itself. Particularly, this means dealing with the negative stereotypes in the field and eliminating them. One of the major stereotypes regarding nursing is that it is female oriented. Specifically, for a long time, this believe has discouraged men from being in the profession. Moreover, even nowadays, it continues being a hindrance for them. There is, therefore, a need to advocate against this stereotype and to ensure gender equality in nursing.
It is evident that the health inequality is highly leveled towards the indigenous population. Therefore, in the matter of being effective advocates for social changes and being aimed to provide care in a manner that respects peoples beliefs, nurses need to be culturally competent and aware of issues that are in nature of these people. Furthermore, since this approach makes different people feel respected, it makes the healthcare inclusive.
Moreover, the discussions have brought a conception of lag in the nursing discipline in terms of its ability to conform to the current demands. This is especially true when it comes to taking care of the LGBTI community members. The nurses continue to evade advocating for the rights of these minorities, particularly due to the stereotypes that still exist among them. More than that, an insufficient acquaintance with the health demands of this group leads to healthcare disparities. Therefore, to ensure equality in the healthcare provision, nurses are expected to change their perspectives in terms of better understanding the health and social issues of the minority and the needed advocacy that may help to improve a scope of the nursing practice.
Furthermore, the discussions have also led me to understand that the nursing advocacy is not only confined to the health sector but also involves the political environment. More specifically, nurses have a direct and frequent contact with many people within the community and, thus, affect their lives. Therefore, nurses should be more deeply involved with the politics to support their advocacy for more resources in the underserved areas. Moreover, through the discussion posts, it has become clear that within a large workforce, nurses have individuals possessing different beliefs and lifestyles which include those common among the LGBTI communities. Consequently, from this perspective, nurses are expected to be at the forefront of an advocacy for a humility and tolerance towards the minority, ths, reducing the discriminatory actions in the field.
In conclusion, being a large professional community, nurses have an opportunity to make important changes in the healthcare to provide a holistic treatment to each member of a diverse community. Moreover, in the course of discussions, it has become clear that with the tolerant attitude eliminating stereotypes and sufficiency of an advocating activity towards the patients demands nurses are in a position to improve the inequality in the healthcare, besides improving an accessibility of the sector. It is evident that with the nurses' involvement in the politics the advocacy for resources in areas of concern will improve as well, which will significantly help the indigenous people who live mostly in underserved areas. More than that, it is clear that nurses need to familiarize themselves with the health demands of the LGBTI people in the matter of better advocating for their rights. However, in the line of widening the advocating capability of nurses, there is a need to eliminate the stereotypes concerning both lifestyles and gender which continue curtailing the professionals efforts in the field. Nurses should be encouraged to advocate for the improvement of healthcare equality and accessibility.