Understanding equality and diversity in nursing practice
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Understanding equality and diversity in nursing practice

Rosie Stenhouse Senior lecturer, School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the values of equality and diversity

  • To increase your awareness of the forms of discrimination that may be experienced by staff and patients in health and social care settings

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Equality and diversity are terms that are used frequently in nursing, healthcare and workplace settings. Nurses’ professional standards of practice and behaviour are underpinned by values of equality and diversity. This means that nurses must treat people as individuals, avoid making assumptions about them, recognise diversity and individual choice, and respect and uphold their dignity and human rights. This article explores what equality and diversity mean in nursing practice, the legal framework that underpins these terms, and the inequalities and discrimination that patients and staff may experience in health and social care settings. It discusses the role of organisational culture in supporting nurses to uphold the values of equality and diversity and encourages nurses to reflect on this topic to enhance their practice.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11562

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Correspondence

Rosie.stenhouse@ed.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Stenhouse R (2020) Understanding equality and diversity in nursing practice. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11562

Published online: 07 December 2020

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