Madeleine Kruth (October 21)

BA, MSc; Project Coordinator, Brandon University

Presenting on: Thursday October 21 

Session Title: Micro-aggressions are a macro-level issue: Addressing the call for anti-racism curricula in nursing and psychiatric nursing education

Session description: The COVID-19 pandemic and recent social justice movements across the world have illuminated racial inequalities and prompted reflection on the impact of racism within current health care systems. Within the nursing profession, this has resulted in academics reiterating the need for anti-racist praxis in nursing education. As future leaders, student nurses have potential to be at the forefront of the social change required to disrupt the status quo in the current health care system. However, nursing continues to be a white dominated environment with limited integration of anti-racism interventions. Determining nursing students’ understanding of racism and highlighting the current or lack of current educational preparation exposes racism within nursing educational systems. A two-phased qualitative study acts as a launching point to initiate positive change by answering the question: How do nursing students experience or witness racism in clinical settings and educational institutions?

Learning Objectives:

1) Explore nursing and psychiatric nursing students experience of racism within clinical and educational settings

2) Discuss strategies suggested by the students to increase anti-racism praxis in nursing and psychiatric nursing education.

Speaker Biography: Madeleine Kruth is the project coordinator at Brandon University for the Safe Places for Aging & Care project. She works as an RA with the Rural Community Health Lab,  and for various projects with the Faculty of Health Studies. Madeleine holds an M.Sc. in Global Health from McMaster University and is currently pursuing a B.Sc. in Disaster and Emergency studies from BU. She is a community affiliate at the Centre for Critical Studies in Rural Mental Health, as well as the Re•Vision Centre for Arts and Social Justice. Her research interests include social determinants of health from feminist and decolonizing approaches; and the impacts of disaster and conflict on population and individual health and wellbeing.