Providing Socially Just Care to Diverse Populations with Nikki Akparewa: Ep 15

Providing quality care to diverse populations, while also having a strong understanding of the importance of social justice is crucial to being a great nurse in 2018. Our guest this week, Nikki Akparewa, is passionate about this fact and had so much to share with Nurse Keith about the why and how behind it all.

Nikki Akparewa, RN, MSN, MPH is a nurse entrepreneur and Creative Director of Transform Nursing; an organization with the mission of equipping nurses globally with the tools to confidently provide socially just care to diverse populations. With over a decade of experiences in international nursing, critical care, hospital and community based care, Nikki is an expert on navigating tough conversations around race, class and other social structures that nurses need to learn to deliver safe compassionate care.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Why there’s need for social justice, diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility in healthcare.
  • That we don’t yet fully understand how justice and equality directly impact nursing, medicine, and healthcare.
  • That being on the receiving end of discrimination has an evidence-based direct correlation with physical health and health outcomes.
  • That the willingness to be open and changing our perspective is a perfect place to begin a powerful transformational journey.
  • Plus so much more!

Featured on the Show:

Fast Facts for Transform Nursing

Started in 2013 by Nikki Akparewa, RN, MSN, MPH, Transform Nursing is a movement towards nurses taking the lead in bringing social justice, inclusiveness and empowerment into focus for all people. Nikki is passionate that “we need to find a way to learn and grow in new ways if we want to remain relevant as society evolves.”

Transform Nursing offers many services, but primarily offers education and training in leadership and courses that delve deeply into health & social challenges and empower the global community of nurses to take the lead on health system change. One of their most popular courses is all about diversity in leadership.

Furthermore, Transform Nursing provides free resources such as forms designed to keep individuals focused on advancing their nurse career pathways in new and exciting ways. The forms are presented in an easy-to-use how-to format that makes setting, managing, and achieving goals simple and rewarding. Some of their featured resources include Four Easy Techniques to Keep You Calm As a Nurse, as well as a Three Step Guide to Being an Influential Nurse Leader.

In the words of Nikki, the Transform Nursing mission is to: “train nurses globally with the tools they need to confidently address health policy, patient advocacy, and patient engagement in both clinical and non-clinical settings.Transformative nursing means that every nurse in every country has the knowledge, the training and ability to be effective leaders who will combat health disparities through empowerment, awareness, and education.”

Nursing Organization of the Week: Society of Trauma Nurses

Nursing isn’t just about providing care, it’s also about the community. Nurses who work together help drive the field forward and provide support, encouragement, and so much more for nurses all over the world. With that in mind, we here at the Mastering Nursing podcast want to highlight and recognize those that are doing a particularly great job of it.

We seek nominations from our listeners and other passionate nurses, and then decide on award winners each episode. If you have any nursing organization you think should be highlighted, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail (or social media message) and let us know!

This episode, we’re happy to award Society of Trauma Nurses (or STN).

The Society of Trauma Nurses is a membership-based, non-profit organization whose members represent trauma nurses from around the world. Members are nurses involved in trauma care in clinical, administrative, research and educational roles.

The mission of the Society of Trauma Nurses is to assist nations, states and local health authorities with the development and maintenance of trauma systems and trauma centers; and work within the trauma system to ensure all people have access to and receive the highest quality of trauma care. This is accomplished across the trauma continuum of care within an environment that fosters visionary care and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Their core values are Collaboration, Education, Innovation, Leadership, Mentoring, and Prevention. Needless to say, they’re a fantastic nursing organization doing great work, so if you’d like to learn more about them, connect online and click here to find them on Facebook. Congratulations to them for their selection as our nursing organization of the week!

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