Preparing Students as Nurse Leaders to ACT With Conviction for Social Justice
Repository Posting Date2016-09-16T14:22:25Z
Author(s)Beck, Christine Deidre
Author DetailsChristine Deidre Beck, APRN-FNP; APRN-PHCCNS, CTN
Lead Author Sigma AffliationGamma Psi-at-Large
Session presented on Monday, September 19, 2016: The Social Policy Statement of the American Nurse Association's Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements (American Nurses Association, 2015) purports that in order to effectively address health care needs, the nurse must be responsible for shaping health care policy and must collaborate with other health professionals at the community, national and international levels. Rather than assisting in the maintenance of broken health care system that is illness-oriented, nurses should be educated and have experential opportunities to assume leadership in creating partnerships and collaborations for social change. In addition, nurses can create new health systems in which health promotion and people can thrive (Belenmeir and Butterfield, 2005). This poster utilizes Rogers' (1989) evolutionary method of concept analysis to clarify the concept of social justice. The concept analysis delineates attributes, antecedents, and consequences of the concept as relevant to nursing practice, education, and research. Attributes produced from the literature include: 1) mutuality, 2) capacity building, 3) equality of opportunity, outcomes, and treatment, 4) choice to engage in collective action for the common good, 5) respect for human dignity and well-being, and 6) self- determination and participation. Antecedents are the foundation upon which the attributes are supported (Rogers, 2000). Antecedents for social justice include: 1) social consciousness, 2) awareness of disparities, 3) skill in advocacy and making policy change, 4) value of collective responsibility for people's needs, 5) recognition of people from a strengths perspective, and 6) cultural competency. Consequences, identified from the literature which result from social justice include: 1) development of positive social environments, 2) empowerment of professionals and partners, 3) a decrease in health inequities, 4) formation of partnerships to share resources and meet goals, and 5) creation of diverse health systems which reflects a multicultural society. Based on the concept analysis, implications for nursing education in preparing nurses for leadership committed to advocacy, courageous policy change, development of community capacity, and transformation of health systems locally and globally are described. An exemplar linking the concept analysis and educational strategies for leadership preparation is presented.