Diversity and Inclusion
Goldie D. Brangman Diversity & Inclusion Lecture: Crafting a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan at a Nurse Anesthesia Program: A Journey Not a Destination (1 Class A CE)
Saturday, September 22
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Room 210, Hynes
Courtney Brown, PhD, CRNA
Associate Director, Didactic Education
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Winston Salem, NC
The Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality in their 2013 Health Disparities Report discussed the need to healthcare workforce diversity. However, the nurse anesthesia profession historically is not racially or ethically diverse with 91% Caucasian in our last practitioner surgery. Nurse anesthesia educators are the gateway to the profession, and best practices should be instituted to close this disparate gap. In order to achieve this outcome, strategic planning, pipeline/outreach activities, mentorship programming aimed at retention, and under-represented diverse faculty recruitment. Incremental change through strategic planning and operationalization promotes a more diverse nurse anesthesia profession, but quality improvement should be continuous and timely.
- Explain the scope of the problem of diversity in the nurse anesthesia profession through the use of one comparable health-related profession.
- Describe three ways to engage and promote diversity and inclusion within any institution/organization.
- List three to five activities that any nurse anesthesia program could institute to promote diversity and inclusion.