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Session: Speaking Truth to Power: Reclaiming PHN's Social Justice Role
4079.0: Tuesday, November 9, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Speaking Truth to Power: Reclaiming PHN's Social Justice Role
The history and development of public health nursing, as well as national nursing policy statements and standards of practice, describe a core public health nursing mission of social justice. Public health nurses (PHNs), however, encounter tensions reconciling an abstract notion of social justice with the practical challenges of taking social justice actions in overburdened and under-resourced public health departments. Similarly, they encounter barriers in operating with a social justice paradigm on a system that is dominated by structures based on a market justice framework. As PHNs in practice choose to reclaim their social justice role, they face an overwhelming emphasis on care to individuals, categorical funding streams, perceived limitations on advocacy and lobbying, and unclear role definitions. Likewise, PHN educators and students face textbooks replete with discussions of social justice that are theoretical in nature, but leave students and faculty with little guidance that reflects the complexity and subtlety of public health practice. As a result, PHN clinicians, students and educators alike are confused about how to put the principles of social justice into action and need public/community health nursing curricula that identifies approaches and educational strategies to help the next generation of nurses act in accordance with social justice principles. Historical examples of social reform, examples from the Turning Point National Initiative, and strategies for teaching social justice will be used to describe PHNs in practice and in academia that live and work by model social justice and system reform.
Learning Objectives: 1.Describe the public health nursing cornerstone of social justice. 2. Describe the 2 challenges to implementing social justice and ways to overcome those challenges. 3. Examine 2 challenges inherent in teaching social justice principles. 4.Describe how public health nurses can and have transformed systems to create a more socially just enviornment for populations.
Panelist(s):Betty Bekemeier, MSN, MPH, RN
Linda Olson Keller, MS, RN, CS
Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN
Julie A. Willems Van Dijk, MSN
Presider(s):Clair Millet, APRN, MN, CNS
8:30 AMSocial justice: Passion and politics  [ Recorded presentation ]
Linda Olson Keller, MS, RN, CS
8:50 AMSocial justice through the eyes of practicing PHNs  [ Recorded presentation ]
Julie A. Willems Van Dijk, MSN
9:10 AMSpeaking truth to power: Teaching nursing students about social justice  [ Recorded presentation ]
Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN
9:30 AMErasing idological ambiguities related to social justice  [ Recorded presentation ]
Betty Bekemeier, MSN, MPH, RN
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Public Health Nursing
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA