Racial Disparities in Healthcare: Patients and Professionals.
September 30, 2019
Hosted by Leanne Meier, BSN, RN
The disparities in healthcare & related topic of nursing workforce representation of African Americans (AA) and other minority groups is a needed dialogue. If you are not involved, you may be unaware of the problem or how important it is we rectify it. Many have known the healthcare of AA is consistently not of the same quality as other patients, especially when compared to whites. Now there are numerous studies validating that truth. It is especially apparent in the Maternity & Newborn populations. My guest today, Dr. Daihnia Dunkley, is an expert in Maternity statistics & advocate for improvement of healthcare we deliver to this vulnerable population. It is vital for the success of our nation that mothers are safe throughout pregnancy & delivery & each child born is healthy & able to grow to adulthood in an environment of safety. It is equally vital that the nursing workforce is a true reflection of the diverse populations we serve, in order to effectively address the disparities!
Once a Nurse, Always a Nurse
Monday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
There are SO many issues in healthcare that impact medical/nursing providers and patients alike, but each of them may not see the connections to themselves. This show will be a forum for nurses to tell stories about their own experiences, whether professional or family-focused and guests will inspire conversation on health and nursing-related topics. Issues will vary from communication in healthcare to current issues, such as nurse/patient ratios, dealing with conflict, how to create cooperative workplaces, speed-reading people, as nursing strikes and much more. Government policies are creating a major shift for all healthcare providers as well as their patients. We, as nurses, will be creating the future healthcare paradigms as we move forward, becoming a crucial part of the solutions. “Once a Nurse, Always a Nurse: Exploring the World of Nursing” is broadcast live every Monday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica’s Health and Wellness Channel.
Leanne Meier, BSN, RN
Leanne Meier has worked for forty years as an RN on a variety of hospital units including ICU, Hospice, Med/Surg, Obstetrics and Education Department. She worked with a team to opened the first Single-room Maternity Care in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also managed Labor and Delivery-Post Partum for five years. She was a Human Resources Recruiter coordinating the advertising for open positions of four hospital sites for five years. Leanne led a team during a closure of two hospitals and managed information classes, assisted with placement of laid off workers and fought for fair and respectful treatment of employees while working closely with the State of Minnesota Services. Leanne has also served as a trainer for 15 years with Talent Development researching, designing and training specialized programs. Leanne’s extensive experience includes 17 years of management experience teaching staff how to deal with conflict resolution. She also consulted with mediated conflicts between managers, employees, teams and individuals. She graduated from St. Luke’s Nursing in Duluth in 1976, and completed her BSN at Metro State University in 1997. Leanne attended Hamline University in St. Paul for two years toward a Masters in Writing. She also completed a program with “The Coaches Training Institute” for Personal Coaching. She opened her own business to do classes for the community and currently teaches an RN Refresher course for ten weeks, three times a year, which she has done since 2014.