What does nursing have to do racial equality, microagressions and alleged police brutality? According to Ohio State University, quite a lot.
"Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer" and "Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts" a required coursework taught by instructors Jennifer Dush and Jennifer Kue as part of Ohio State's Nursing 3430 program.
The website Campus Reform obtained a sampling of the webinar by an Ohio State nursing students on grounds she remained anonymous. The webinar was reportedly produced by the American Public Health Association (APHA) in July 2015 and seems inordinately focused on the topic of whites and minorities, poverty rates and other issues of race. CR writes that nursing students at Ohio State University "were required to watch a racially charged webinar that claimed police have assaulted communities for generations":
A mandatory webinar for a nursing course told students that police have assaulted communities for generations.
An assigned reading said that white, middle class nursing students give less quality care to minority patients.
Camara Phyllis Jones, APHA President-Elect and adjunct associate professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, gives many examples in the webinar of how prejudice and discrimination impacts one’s health, listing police brutality, physician disrespect, shopkeeper vigilance, waiter indifference and teacher devaluation as just a few examples.
Jones expands on shopkeeper vigilance and waiter indifference by saying they are, “just two examples of everyday racism, microaggressions, and lack of respect, probably due [sic] to elevated blood pressures that don’t go down at night in communities of color.”
She goes on to cite Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and others as receivers of prejudice and discrimination.
“All communities have been assaulted by police for generations. Now that we have cell phones, we’re learning more about it,” Jones says in the webinar.
The student told Campus Reform that addressing racism to the degree that the class did was unnecessary, adding that the class spent two weeks on the subject. “The degree of political propaganda in the webinar was honestly sickening,” the student said.
The webinar gets even more bizarre. According to the student, Jones also delves into an issue dubbed, “white man’s ice is colder syndrome,” which is to say, “If [a black man’s] lemonade is warm, you might go way down the street to get the white man’s ice, truly believing his is colder.”
Another snippet from the webinar reveals that Jones told a story called, "Levels of Racism: A Gardener’s Tale":
...in which she describes minorities as pink, “scrawny and scraggly” flowers that were planted in rocky soil and portrays white people as red flowers planted in enriched soil.
When the bees come to pollinate the flowers, Jones says, “Pink flowers tell the bees to go away because they don’t want pollen from other pink flowers because the pink flower has internalized that red is better than pink.”
“Why should red flowers share their soil?” Jones asks, “Because that soil doesn’t belong to the red flowers, it belongs to the garden.”
According to CR, the student said that in addition to the webinar students were instructed to read "article after article about how being lower class, minority, homosexual/transsexual, puts you at a higher risk for being sick in America because you don’t get equal treatment in the medical system":
“That was really offensive to me. Are they seriously telling me that because I am white that I would treat a person of a different race poorly?” the student asked.
[...] Shiriki Kumanyika, APHA’s president and emeritus professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, replied by saying, “Use your white privilege, but you need to realize you can’t shed your white privilege,”
The anonymous student said, “I thought I was going to learn techniques to better care for people who are different than me, but instead I learned how there are so many problems caused by racism and how minorities are discriminated against. Nothing I learned in this class actually helped me care for a culturally different patient.”
As usual, the school will not accept responsibility either:
Regina Moss, the Associate Executive Director of APHA, told Campus Reform it is up to the instructors to determine what content is used in their courses.“Our mission is to improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status,” Moss said. “What content individual faculty deem as requirements in their courses and syllabi is a matter of academic freedom.”
Of course Jennifer Dush, Jennifer Kue, Dr. Jones and Dr. Kumanyika were also unwilling to respond when asked for comment by CR.
One would think that nursing curriculum would be among the most neutral topics available for study. In today's day and age, however, there is no topic immune to politicization and being warped by left-wing ideology.