Episode 268: Race in Research: From Subjects to Scientists, ONS Scholar-in-Residence Has a Career Commitment to Racial Equity

“If we’re not driving our own research agenda and we’re not asking the questions we see as important, we are not realizing the full potential of nursing. We know, because we are with patients, what the issues are for patients, for families, and for communities. We have to be able to say, ‘Nope, this is the question.’” Margaret (Peg) Rosenzweig, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, ONS’s scholar-in-residence and professor at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, told Jaime Weimer, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BS, AOCNS®, oncology clinical specialist at ONS, during a discussion about her oncology nursing clinical and research career, commitment to equity, and role as ONS’s scholar-in-residence. You can earn free NCPD contact hours after listening to this episode and completing the evaluation linked below.

Music Credit: “Fireflies and Stardust” by Kevin MacLeod

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Highlights From Today’s Episode

“A commitment that we all have to have is toward more diversity in oncology nursing and in oncology research and thinking about what can I do in my world.” Timestamp (TS) 7:52

“Unless we listen to and really fully honor what the nurse can ask about their experience with patients, we’re missing so much in the way that we can help patients’ families and communities.” TS 17:08

“I think we haven’t thought fully enough about the patient in the context of their life. I think we’ve thought about symptoms, but we have to think about the patient baring those symptoms, where they come from, and what they’ve experienced. So, I think incorporating the social determinants of health is very important.” TS 18:00

“White researchers will say, ‘It doesn’t matter. You can hire White recruiters and as long as people are properly trained, that should not matter.’ I feel like that is a bit of implicit bias that we as White researchers just don’t recognize. We think it doesn’t matter because it doesn’t matter to us. But it does matter to Black women.” TS 30:13

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