Sitting in the airport after a successful week in Telluride, it is difficult not to reflect on where to go from here with regard to taking what we learned during the Roundtable and applying it to our home institutions. So many wonderful and innovative ideas for moving forward were shared on the last day, including ways to grow IHI chapters, methods of addressing patient safety and quality improvement with attending physicians, and developing student reporting tools, only to name a few. It was great to see so many students excited about returning home to spread the word and improve their systems, and I certainly share in that enthusiasm.
A few things that especially struck me most during the week were students’ lack of knowledge about the role of their nursing counterparts in the care of patients as well as the lack of “just” reporting tools for medical students… Continue reading
Collusion: When a person perpetuates the system of oppression by action, inaction or silence because she/he internalizes the false belief that the system is correct or fears repercussions or chooses to stay unaware, or refuses to take action. [Definition from National Conference for Community and Justice’s Anytown Institute , Glossary of Terms]
Today at the Telluride Roundtable we discussed (among many things!) who should report and whose responsibility it is to take action when patient safety and effective communication are at risk. This term “collusion” kept popping into my head. I first came to know the term when challenged to think about oppression surrounding identities such as race, class, gender, sex and sexual orientation. For example, collusion with racism is “[t]hinking and acting in ways that support the system of racism. White people can actively collude by joining groups that advocate white supremacy. All… Continue reading