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peer 1 Hadas Justman We are living in a world where there is constant communicat

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peer 1
Hadas Justman
We are living in a world where there is constant communication and meeting of new people. We, unfortunately, are unconsciously biased toward the new people we meet and the people we interact with.
I had a situation where I had to make a major decision, and I based it on my biases. I was looking for a job in education for the upcoming school year. I sent my resume to many institutions and got an offer from a certain school. The job looked amazing. Every part of it really spoke to me and met what I was looking for. I went down to the school and noticed that I was the only single staff member that would be on board. This made me feel uncomfortable. I was biased to age. I looked around and saw many married women and automatically, I felt that this job was not for me. I assumed I would have no one to talk to and relate to. After much hesitation, I made the big decision that I would not take this job. The main reason was that I felt that my age and stage would set me apart from the others. Here, I can say that I was consciously biased because of age.
As I think about my career field of education, I feel that the average students are the ones being underrepresented. The smart children get recognition and complimented for their intelligent answers and high marks, and the weaker children are getting their own special attention. Many are taken out for private tutoring where the tutor encourages them and gives them prizes. So, it turns out that the average student is the one with no special recognition. We, as educators, should realize this and make sure to give each student their much-needed attention, no matter how intelligent or gifted they are.
The benefit of working with a diverse group is that it allows us to hear all different opinions and ideas that may be interesting. People can share things we have never heard before. This can be a very eye-opening experience. However, on the flip side, there may be many challenges in working with a diverse group. The fact that everyone has different opinions and ideas can make a tense atmosphere. When people do not agree, it can cause frustration and confusion. Working with different kinds of people often means it will take more time to communicate and understand each other because we do not see eye to eye. Each person has their own opinion on the matter
I believe that diversity is important, and we should know how to include others that do not seem our type. However, we should know how to act when working in a diverse group. Patience and an open ear are the keys to accepting everyone else and what they have to say!
peer 2 Michelle
A few years ago I took a job as the head nurse of a juvenile detention center. I had lived in a big city so I thought that I was more open-minded but when I started I was a little uneasy thinking about how these are “bad” kids and that I might not be safe. It only took me a few days to realize I was way wrong. Most of these kids treated me with the utmost respect and would have jumped in front of anyone trying to hurt me. These are not all bad kids, they mostly come from bad situations at home and make poor decisions because that is all they know.
In the healthcare field is a stereotype that women are nurses and men are doctors. My husband is a nurse and all the time because of his gender patients assume he is a doctor. He is also tall, bald, and has tattoos. Many times when he walks into a room patients say “you don’t look like a nurse”. Well, what is a nurse supposed to look like? I have worked with female doctors and have had patients say they want a male doctor, I guess because they feel males know more. I could go on for hours about gender diversity in healthcare.
I love that I work in such a diverse field. I met people from other countries that I would not have had the opportunity to do in a different job. I’ve learned about different cultures and that helps me treat my patients from those cultures better because I have a better understanding of their beliefs. If I had to pick a challenge I would say on occasion there can be a language and communication barrier which is probably the most difficult when speaking over the phone and taking verbal orders.
peer 3
Rachel
grew up in an out of town, chilled, low pressure community. So, when I went to a very “in-towny” camp, that was basically just populated with girls from Lakewood and Brooklyn, I felt like I didn’t belong. It took work, on both ends, to consciously override our unconscious biases. The outcome was incredible though, we were both able to gain from each other’s differences.
I honestly had no idea who was underrepresented in the nursing field, so I looked it up. Research shows that nurses from minority backgrounds represent 16.8% of the RN workforce. Really, everyone is misrepresented in the nursing field. 83.2% of RNs are non-Hispanic white. I don’t know why.
There are many advantages of working in diverse groups. Each culture, gender, and race has their own unique qualities and thinking patterns. Each individual has so much to bring to the table. Human nature is to just stick to people who are similar to you because it is easier. However, if you just push yourself a bit past your comfort zone, the benefits are well worth it!
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