Cultural safety is an ongoing journey. Nurses and midwives have a professional responsibility to provide a culturally safe environment to all people they are caring for and work with. This journey requires the individual nurse or midwife to engage in critical and honest self-reflection, and to develop an awareness of how their own way of knowing and doing has been influenced by intersecting dimensions of their cultural identity and broader societal factors. Becoming a culturally safe nurse or midwife also requires you to be prepared to challenge pre-conceived ideas or long-held assumptions through critical analysis of what has informed those ideas and assumptions. Often this involves undertaking transformative learning i.e., learning which involves self-reflection that questions you own worldview and requires you to examine and validate new ways of seeing the world and new ways of health care practice. In this assignment you are required to demonstrate that you have engaged with the subject learning materials, reflected on what you have learnt and considered how this has transformed your thinking in ways that improve your nursing and midwifery practice when working with First Nations Peoples.
You are required to submit a 750-word (+/- 10%) personal reflective piece that demonstrates your ability to engage in critical and honest self-reflection. This written assessment task will contribute to 20% of your overall mark for the subject. An exemplar for this task will not be provided as your learning experiences along with your thought patterns (way of thinking) are unique and will be influenced by your own cultural identity. There are many different reflective models you may or may not like to use to structure your response. However, marks are not allocated for the use of a reflective model, rather the focus of this task is on transformative learning through self-reflexivity and turning your gaze inwards to develop self-awareness. Your response should be written in first person. As a personal reflective piece, you are not required to reference your own thoughts. However, if you include First Nations voices and knowledges in your discussion you need to appropriately acknowledge and reference the sources with both in-text references and an end-text reference list using APA version 7. This is a professional piece of writing, and your response needs to be respectful of those who have shared their knowledges with you and developed the online learning content. Your language and writing should demonstrate an understanding of the principles of cultural safety. All students are expected to reflect on how their writing and language could be interpreted prior to submitting their final document to Turnitin.
Choose an online activity or interrelated online activities that has introduced you to a new concept/learning or challenged your own pre-conceived ideas, assumptions, or biases. A specific learning activity to reflect upon has deliberately not been prescribed to all students, as cultural safety is an individual journey. You can choose from any of the activities included in the e-Books, including videos, readings (journal articles, news reports or opinion pieces), keynote presentations or case studies/clinical scenarios. Your reflection must not focus on a clinical encounter. The focus needs to be on your experience of learning in this subject.
Your reflection should:
- Clearly identify the activity/activities you have chosen and describe what you have learnt from the activity/activities.
- Detail how your ideas, assumptions or biases have been challenged and transformed in a positive way.
- Finally explain how your learning has built your cultural safety skills and enhanced your professional practice.