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California Implicit Bias Training

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Course Overview

California Implicit Bias Training
Morgan Curry

Sarah Schulze


Health Equity is a rising area of focus in the healthcare field as renewed attention is being given to ongoing data regarding discrepancies and gaps in the accessibility, expanse, and quality of healthcare delivered across racial, gender, cultural, and other groups. Yes, there are some differences in healthcare outcomes purely based on biological differences between people of different genders or races, but more and more evidence points to the vast majority of healthcare gaps stemming from individual and systemic biases.  

Policy change and restructuring is happening at an institutional level across the country, but this will only get us so far. In order for real change to occur and the gaps in healthcare to be closed, there must also be awareness and change on an individual level. Implicit, or subconscious, bias has the potential to change the way healthcare professionals deliver care in subtle but meaningful ways and must be addressed to modernize healthcare and reach true equity. 

This California Implicit Bias Training course meets the requirements outlined in California’s Implicit Bias Requirement for nurses renewing their licenses.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. What is Implicit Bias?  
  3. Implications  
  4. Impact of Historic Racism 
  5. Exploring Areas of Bias
    – Maternal Health
    – Reproductive Rights
    – Power Dynamics and Organizational Decision Making
  6. Case Study
  7. How to Measure and Reduce Implicit Bias in Healthcare
    Assessing for Bias
    Acting to Reduce Bias

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss implicit bias in the healthcare professions. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Understand implicit bias and explore their own subconscious or internal biases and opinions.
  2. Explain ways that implicit biases can negatively impact clients in minority groups.
  3. Explore biases that have penetrated institutional and societal levels.
  4. Understand how historic events in healthcare have impacted healthcare trust and willingness to seek treatment for minority patients.
  5. Explain how to differentiate between cultural competence and stereotyping.
  6. Identify ways that implicit bias negatively affects pregnant and laboring mothers and list risks that are increased for minority women.
  7. Discuss the ways bias might impact contraceptive counseling provided to women.
  8. Explain how power dynamics in healthcare can impact patient outcomes and decision-making on an organizational level.
  9. Discuss ways to assess for the presence and subsequent effects of implicit bias within a healthcare facility.
  10. Identify areas that require change on individual and institutional levels in order to reduce implicit bias and see health equity occur.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: July 07, 2023

Course Expires on: July 07, 2025

Course Offering: #171