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Nursing issues
Professional discrimination toward nurses increases nurse silence threatening patient safety outcomes
  1. Nicole Zhang1,
  2. Breanna Casas2
  1. 1Nursing, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, USA
  2. 2The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicole Zhang, Nursing, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820, USA; nicole.zhang{at}sjsu.edu

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Commentary on: Nursing practice environment and employee silence about patient safety: The mediating role of professional discrimination experienced by nurses

Implications for practice and research

  • More research should be conducted to understand the underlying mechanisms shaping the associations between professional discrimination and nursing silence.

  • Rates of professional discrimination tend to be high and similar to other types of discrimination within the nursing profession.

  • The environment created by nursing leadership and interdisciplinary superiors can inhibit bedside nurses’ interventions in patient safety.

  • Bedside nurses risk patient safety when they feel that they cannot adequately voice their concerns to their superiors.

  • Research can be expanded to include:

    • Exploration of the safety impacts the nursing workplace has on discrimination of minority patient populations.

    • If there is a correlation between the safety of minority nurses (including international …

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