1.Log on to the Implicit Project: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
2. Follow the directions and take an IAT on a topic of your choice
Sexuality (‘Gay – Straight’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to distinguish words and symbols representing gay and straight people. It often reveals an automatic preference for straight relative to gay people.
3. What did you discover about yourself?
My responses stated a moderate automatic preference for straight people over gay people. Reviewing the results, I realized that 24% of previous respondents have moderate automatic preference for straight people compared to gay people. This may have shown that people still hold that bias attitude towards LGBT people. As a student and a believer of all human are equal, it is important to acknowledge that everyone matters.
4. Were you aware of the implicit bias you had toward the characteristic you selected? An implicit bias is unconscious belief or attitude towards any group of people and for the fact we as human are influenced by our environment, cultural beliefs, media portrays, upbringing, and stereotypes that exist in the society, it is impossible to exclude oneself from the influence of the society. As a student, I have learned that regardless of an individual’s sexual preferences, it should not and never interfere with providing quality health care to the person, and that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity.
5. How will you use this information to guide your nursing practice? Implicit bias has great influences on how individual or any group of people are being treated or regarded, but nurses, health care personnel can reduce these biases by establishing a therapeutic relationship with each of their patient, listen carefully and respect patients as individuals with unique needs, experiences, values, and preferences and aligned with patient’s centered care in order to promote well-being and adherence (Narayan, 2019).
Narayan, Mary, Curry MSN, RN & HHCNS-BC, CTN-A. (2019). CE: Addressing implicit bias in nursing: A review. AJN, American journal of nursing, 119, 36-43. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000569340.27659.5a