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Dr. Carol Easley Allen Delivers “Cultural Competence for Health Care Professionals” Program at BSC (w/photo)

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Dr. Carol Easley Allen (center) was the featured presenter during the program “Cultural Competence for Health Care Professionals” at Bluefield State College.  Pictured (left-to-right) at the program are Sandra Wynn (Associate Degree Nursing Program Director), Dr. Betty Rader (Dean/School of Nursing & Allied Health), Dr. Albert Walker (BSC President), Dr. Allen, Betty Nash (Associate Professor/Nursing). Melissa Haye (Radiologic Technology Program Director), and Beth Pritchett (Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Director.

(Bluefield)—Dr. Carol Easley Allen, a nationally known speaker on the subject of diversity in health care, was the featured presenter during a “Cultural Competence for Health Care Professionals” program at Bluefield State College.  Dr. Allen addressed an audience comprised of students and faculty in the BSC Associate Degree Nursing, Baccalaureate Nursing, and Radiologic Technology programs, as well as health care professionals from the region.

The Chair/Department of Nursing at Oakwood (AL) University, Dr. Allen detailed cultural stumbling blocks that included a lack of understanding of ethnic groups other than one’s own.  “Too often, we stereotype members of ethnic groups without consideration of individual differences within the group,” she noted.  “Stereotyping is the most common cultural stumbling block.”

She encouraged BSC faculty to integrate an appreciation of diversity into their personal, educational, and professional philosophies.  After her morning presentation, Dr. Allen met with BSC School of Nursing and Allied Health faculty to consider ways to further incorporate diversity into the curriculum.  Her appearance at BSC was sponsored by the Tau Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.