Learning And Applying Structural Competency
How is our health affected by the society in which we live? Why are U.S. patients consistently among the sickest in the industrialized world, despite having the highest health expenditure per person? How has the investment of tens of billions of dollars in healthcare technology affected patients and the nursing profession? What hap- pens to health outcomes when traditional jobs go by the wayside and laws to protect workers and communities are rolled back?
This class introduces nurses to a new approach to healthcare — structural competency — a cutting edge model that addresses the interplay of biological and social factors affecting patients and communities. The course examines how new healthcare technologies accelerate the shift of care from hospitals to less costly care settings, like clinics and the home, and the effect this may have on the patient and family caregivers.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Articulate a biosocial understanding of U.S. health inequity.
- Evaluate the implications of technology-driven deskilling for the broader society and, in particular, for nurses’ judgment and ability to advocate for their patients.
- Apply the insights of structural competency to bedside nursing and community health.