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Why Diversity is Important in the Healthcare Industry | Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr, SC

Diversity and inclusion in the healthcare field has tons of benefits but changes must be made to do so.

By Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr.Published about a year ago 3 min read
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Despite the progress that has been made in addressing the issue of racial and cultural diversity in the healthcare workforce, there is still a lack of diversity among professionals in the United States. Healthcare organizations must take the necessary steps to improve the representation of people of all backgrounds in their workforce.

Doing so can have a positive impact on the organization and its patients. It can also help improve the cultural and racial diversity within its communities.

Context

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the existing racial and cultural disparities in the healthcare industry. Due to the seriousness of the situation, healthcare administrators must develop cultural competency. This can be done through developing effective communication skills and using social movements to address systemic issues.

Benefits

Having a diverse workforce can also have a positive impact on the quality of care that patients receive. It can help improve the cultural and racial diversity within the organization’s communities in the following ways:

Comfort: Studies have shown that having a diverse training program can help improve the comfort levels of healthcare providers when dealing with patients from different backgrounds.

Values: A diverse workforce can also help improve understanding of patients’ and colleagues’ various beliefs and values.

Communication: Not only can having a diverse workforce improve the communication skills of healthcare providers, but it can also help improve the quality of care for patients. The limited English proficiency can lead to higher errors and worse clinical outcomes.

Trust: One of the most critical factors that can improve patient’s quality of care is their trust in their doctor. A study conducted by Stanford University revealed that African-American men were more likely to seek preventive services from Black doctors than from non-Black doctors.

Competence: A diverse workforce and cultural competence can help improve patients’ healthcare quality. It can also help prevent healthcare disparities and improve the outcomes of patients in diverse communities.

Takeaway

Healthcare organizations must commit to increasing the number of people from different backgrounds in their workforce. This can help improve the quality of care and prevent healthcare disparities. ​​In addition, making higher education more accessible to people from different backgrounds can also help reduce the barriers that prevent them from achieving their goals.

About Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr.

Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr., SC is a registered nurse in Georgia specializing in advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support, and CPR and AED. Wayne also holds a certification in Stroke Scale from NIHSS. Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr. began his education career at Piedmont Technical College, where he earned a degree in Nursing in December 2019. He is currently completing his BSN with The University of Alabama and will graduate in August 2021. Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr. also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Political Science from Furman University and a Master in Public Administration from Clemson University.

Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr. knows that when he is working in healthcare, each patient is unique and deserves to be treated as such. Not only is he dedicated to their physical health, but Wayne also prides himself on caring for the whole individual. Wayne specifically works in the ICU and medical-surgical departments, where he typically sees patients who have experienced trauma or recently had invasive surgery. That’s the time you would want a caring professional, and Gregory Jr. is just that!

Today, Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr. works as the owner of Gregory Equipment Sales in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a role he’s held since 2014.

Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr., SC is a compassionate and committed healthcare professional. He cares deeply about each and every patient and strives to make their experience as enjoyable as possible.

Visit Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr.'s websites to learn more about his thoughts on healthcare, sports, or education.

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Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr.

Wayne Emerson Gregory Jr. is a professional with years of experience in the public health field.

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