<< View All Contributors
Maggie A. Smith is a director-at-large for the national Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), as well as nominating-chair and immediate-past president of the Chicago Chapter of ONS. Her clinical and research interest include being a voice for underrepresented and underserved populations. She is also, involved in community outreach and breast health education.

Diversity and Inclusion Should be Valued in Leadership Roles

New perspectives, new faces of leadership, new leadership styles, all can create new opportunities with more voices being heard.
 
PUBLISHED: 2:00 PM, MON NOVEMBER 25, 2019
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are values central to advancing the mission of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); an organization recognized as the collective voice of academic nursing.1

We hear these terms all of the time; however, what do they really mean? To eliminate any bias per se, let us review the literature to expound on the value of these concepts as it pertains to professional organizations, especially where people hold leadership positions.

While this topic can be viewed as controversial by some; it is important to address to ensure that everyone’s opinion is recognized. Inclusion provides support to obtaining a better understanding of one’s personal and social values; this can reduce bias, discrimination, and prejudice.2

However, inclusivity does not mean conforming to the social norm of the majority, it means that someone might be a little different, but you accept that and meet them where they are.

Diversity embraces a wide range of variation; factors such as, age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, or socioeconomic status are just a few aspects of the term diversity.We have all heard the term, “having skin in the game,” well this is equity, the ability to recognize the differences in the resources or knowledge needed to allow individuals to lend their full participation.1

In order for the nursing profession to continue to evolve, change is needed; we can all make a start by embedding these concepts into our minds and giving deliberate attention to everything that we do. Leadership sustainability includes every component of diversity, it is imperative that leaders who are serving today be appropriately prepared, and that they mirror the behaviors that they want their followers to demonstrate.

These are all interpersonal concepts that require cultural competence and respect being paramount during assimilation to continue to advance the nursing profession. New perspectives, new faces of leadership, new leadership styles, all can create new opportunities with more voices being heard.  

Having all stakeholders involved can reduce assumptions, challenge opinions, widen perspectives, and encourage socialization across all groups. This can result in innovation and overall improvement in the foundation of the nursing profession, which will allow nurses to treat a wider range of patients more effectively.



References
  1. AACN position statement on diversity, inclusion, & equity in academic nursing (2017). Journal of Professional Nursing, 33;173–174.
  2. Woody, R. (2017). Expanding diversity: Noncategorical inclusion and equity. Ethics & Behavior, 27(6), 519–525.


Talk about this article with nurses and others in the oncology community in the General Discussions Oncology Nursing News discussion group.
More from Maggie A. Smith, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, OCN
Leadership shares a unique commonality despite the profession an individual chooses; it is a universal language that is spoken despite the native tongue.
PUBLISHED: Tue July 30 2019
Leadership is not always a title, it is an action.
PUBLISHED: Tue April 30 2019
Putting yourself as No. 1 on your to-do list is not selfish or inconsiderate; it is your right, and it shows that you are making an informed decision to practice self-care.
PUBLISHED: Sun December 16 2018
Every year I attend the ONS Congress, and I find it to be an educational high, as I enjoy seeing oncology nurses from around the globe come together, networking, sharing best practices, mentoring, and presenting the latest and greatest data in oncology practice to our peers. This year, I will be presenting on the topic of leadership.
PUBLISHED: Wed November 14 2018
External Resources

MJH Associates
American Journal of Managed Care
Cure
MD Magazine
Pharmacy Times
Physicians' Education Resource
Specialty Pharmacy Times
TargetedOnc
OncNurse Resources

Newsroom
Continuing Education
Discussions
Web Exclusives


About Us
Advertise
Advisory Board
Careers
Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions
Intellisphere, LLC
2 Clarke Drive
Suite 100
Cranbury, NJ 08512
P: 609-716-7777
F: 609-716-4747

Copyright OncNursing 2006-2019
Intellisphere, LLC. All Rights Reserved.