Essay on What the Women Want

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What the women want
Research done by Browne & Fiske (2001) describes aboriginal women’s’ positive experiences with the health care system and interactions. For example, one woman stated that being able to be involved in her care and sharing information and knowledge led her to develop a rapport with her physician. She was given the time to ask questions and felt welcome. Caring gestures towards the patients also made the women feel as though they were important. Presencing themselves after shifts were over were described as going above and beyond by the women and they were appreciative while going through something emotionally distressing. The women also felt validated when their cultural healing practices were welcomed and discussed in
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The workers would shed light on the social circumstances and therefore the needs of the patients to the health care professionals so that could deliver optimum health care. These workers should be stakeholders and be able to shift health policies that can be more sensitive to Aboriginal women’s’ needs. This decision making ability should be augmented to their hospital intervention capacities.
Cultural Safety and Social Justice
Social justice is an expectation of nursing practice. It is not heavily emphasized in current curriculum foci of nursing institutions. According to Browne, Smye, Kirkham, Varcoe, Lynam and Wong (2009) “what may be required to effectively use cultural safety as a tool in the service of knowledge translation in practice settings is a social justice curriculum for practice that would foster a stance of critical inquiry at both the individual and institutional levels” (Browne et al, 2009, p. 175). In order to make this change, nurses need to be informed by asking questions and cultivating modifications and implementing them. Nurses would need to be able to see the clear affiliation of equity and social justice to health outcomes. For example, “using cultural safety to prompt critical reflection on the nurses’ own practice and organisational culture, the wider culture of health care systems and on what safety means to them could lead to discussions about the social justice issues to which cultural safety draws

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