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Michigan Implicit Bias Training

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Course Overview

Michigan Implicit Bias Training

Author: Sarah Schulze

Health equity is a rising area of focus in the healthcare field, as renewed attention is being given to ongoing data covering 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 evidence points to the vast majority of healthcare gaps stemming from individual and systemic biases.  

Policy change and restructuring are happening at institutional levels across the country, but this will only get us so far. In order for real change to occur and the gaps in healthcare to close, 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. 

Course Outline

    1. Introduction 
    2. What is Implicit Bias?  
    3. Implications
    4. Impact of Historic Racism 
    5. Exploring Areas of Bias
      – Age
      Sexuality and Gender Identity
      – Reproductive Rights
      – Maternal Health
    6. How to Measure and Reduce Implicit Bias in Healthcare
      Individual Level
      Institutional Level
      Community Representation

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 100 minutes to complete and will award 2 contact hours upon completion.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will 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 the 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 ways in which preconceived notions about a person’s age might affect their care.
  8. Discuss ways in which assumptions about a client’s sexuality might put them at risk for missed health concerns.
  9. Discuss the ways bias might impact contraceptive counseling provided to women.
  10. Discuss ways to assess for the presence and subsequent effects of implicit bias within a healthcare facility. 
  11. 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: December 30, 2022

Course Expires on: December 30, 2025

Course Offering: #161