What extent of assimilation or segregation occurs in the work place that you have noticed. Is it going on or not? Why or why not?This question is mainly for minority nurses, Rn's, LPNs Medical...

What extent of assimilation or segregation occurs in the work place that you have noticed. Is it going on or not? Why or why not?

This question is mainly for minority nurses, Rn's, LPNs Medical tech, or any minority in the medical field.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I have only my own experiences in medical offices and hospitals to draw conclusions from, so take these observations with a shaker of salt. There seems to be fewer barriers between gender, sharing break rooms, even locker rooms at times in a hospital, and have observed no open and obvious discrimination against female nurses or doctors. Perhaps it's more subtle and I am just not noticing it. I would have to agree with litteacher that, with a growing number of physicians being an ethnic minority or recent immigrant, they seem, to me, to be more segregated than they would be otherwise.
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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think there is a tendency for patients and other medial professionals to discriminate against nurses and doctors that are not what they see as "American" or speaking English without an accent. The excuse they usually give is that they can't understand the person, but it is more likely that they look down on the person because they think he or she went to school in some other country and got less of an education, and therefore is less knowledgable or skilled.
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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think most of us have heard that it is the peg that sticks out that gets hammered in, and most workplaces lend truth to this saying.  In my own workplace and in most of the ones my friends work in, you want to make sure to get your job done, follow orders, and sublimate any strong personal feelings about how things or done or what ought to be done because standing out or making objections if often the quickest way to get fired or disciplined.

I can only imagine that in the medical field, the same sort of thing is happening.  Particularly as a new employee, most of the time is spent figuring out how things work in a particular business, or in this case a hospital, and adjusting to fit in.  Once the individual feels comfortable in a given setting, they may start to raise objections or make suggestions about how things could be changed for the better, but these efforts are weighed against the possibilities for success as well as the possibility of negative reactions.

Studies suggest that all kinds of segregation and other problems are certainly present as well.

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