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1. What is racial profiling?

2. How would you define socio-cultural profiling?


3. What examples of socio-cultural profiling stood out for you in the Mama or Spirit book?
a. In Mama there may be some cultural profiling with interactions between pts and
providers. There is lots of medical jargon used and any lay person would not
understand. Not sure if this makes sense.
b. Nurses complaining about pts taking up beds that they need because they are
waiting to be transferred by ambulance. And the ambulance takes a long time
because not going to be complete covered for the charge of poor pt. (105)
c. One of the nurses in the book was able to decide who was on the transplant list
and she profiled every pt that came into contact with her either from things she
had heard from others or from the stories the pt told her. This nurse also assumed
that all of her “urban” pts would use some drugs because drug use is
“unavoidable” (181).
4. What are the unintentional consequences of socio-cultural profiling?
a. May make assumptions based of first glances that are wrong and can be
detrimental to the type of care patients receive.

5. I think that nursing can help change the negative connotation of racial profiling. We can
use this as a way to help provide better care to all people. The article talks about the
importance of having a more diverse nursing population to work with all of the
populations who come to the hospital.
On the other hand, nurses may be able to use another word instead of profiling. Here’s a
quote from the article.
a. “Nurses have a responsibility to provide policy makers with the
latest research and reason related to all of these issues. For
example, a diverse nurse workforce can provide culturally
competent care to a varied population.”