New Jersey's Leaders in Nursing Address Key Healthcare Issues

Steve Adubato sits down with a diverse panel of New Jersey Nursing Association Presidents to discuss addressing the need for cultural competency in nursing, ways to help patients navigate the health system, and identifying barriers to care. Guest IncludesSoffy Vilson, LNHA, RN, President, American Association of Indian Nurses, New Jersey Chapter Two
Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, APHN-BC/MPH, President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, New Jersey Chapter
Larider Ruffin, DNP, APN, RN, President, Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association
Rebecca D. Graboso, DNP, APN, RN, President, Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey
5/20/17 #3006






"Welcome to Caucus New Jersey. I'm Steve Adubato. You know, culture affects healthcare in so many ways. Understanding diversity is especially critical when it comes to nursing. Here in the studio to discuss the importance of culture and diversity in healthcare, we have Doctor Rebecca Graboso, who is the President of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, Doctor Larider Ruffin, who is President of the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association, Doctor Gina Miranda-Diaz, President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, New Jersey Chapter, and finally, Doctor Soffy Vilson, President of the American Association of Indian Nurses of New Jersey - Chapter 2. I want to thank all of you for joining us to talk about cultural diversity, competency, and what that means in terms of healthcare. So let's break this down for people. Doctor, when it comes to people who come from different backgrounds, different cultures, why is it so important to be dealing with medical professionals, particularly nurses, who know them, and understand them, when it comes to healthcare? Oh it is very different because nowadays they have what they call culturally sensitive care. And as a nurse practitioner, and other providers like physicians, who are actually mandated, per regulation, to take the course so we know how to deal with this different ethnic population. So it is a care better provided if it is customized for the individual patient. So it has to be individualized. It has to be at the preference of the patient, and based on their culture, and other ethnic culture and background. So let's try this. Let's break down some examples. I said, before we got on the show, that when my grandparents came from Italy, it was very important for them to be treated in the neighborhood hospital that unfortunately does not exist longer, and that hospital had many healthcare professionals who happened to speak Italian, come from the same region in Italy, and I remember how comfortable they were with those professionals, but at the same time, I thought to myself, would it have made any difference if they couldn't speak the language that my grandparents spoke? Would it...? Absolutely. What difference... what difference would it have made? Absolutely. And the research, the evidence, shows... demonstrates that actually people who lack language accommodation in English, do suffer greater disparities. In healthcare. In the delivery system. And in survival..."