June 14, 2013

Narratives of Diversity, is an inter-active workshop that will focus on issues of diversity and marginalization in nurses’ personal and professional lives, academia, and health care organizations. Participants will gain experience in using reflective writing as a way of processing emotionally charged events to reduce stress and burnout.

In this interactive workshop Joy Jacobson and James Stubenrauch will guide participants through exercises involving prompted writing, reading, and sharing of their own stories of diversity and marginalization, while exploring strategies for raising awareness of these issues in their community, workplace, or school.

Deborah Washington, PhD, RN
Deborah Washington, PhD, RN

The keynote speaker will be Deborah Washington, PhD, RN, director of diversity for patient care services at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical instructor at the MGH Institute School of Nursing. In an interview, Dr. Washington said, “The advantage of working with a diverse workforce is that you work with people who understand specific cultures, beliefs, and attitudes. This translates into better patient care and a greater sense of satisfaction from patients and families with that care.”

This workshop will give nurses—clinicians, faculty, researchers, administrators, and students—an opportunity to explore their experiences with personal, professional, and societal diversity and marginalization.

Nurses at all levels of writing skill and experience are welcome. Click here and type in the code NARDIV to register.