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See You Now Podcast

38: Mentoring for a More Equitable Future

February 12, 2021


Think of the countless individuals seeking care daily in our clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, schools, and all manner of health care setting. To best communicate, understand, and build trust, it’s vital that patients see people in the healthcare workforce who look, speak, eat, pray, and live like they do.

Our healthcare workforce is far from diverse, representative of our population, or a reflection of our communities and the people we care for. And that is problematic. This representation pipeline problem takes root early on in our educational settings.

In this episode, we meet nurse anesthetist, founder and CEO of Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, Wallena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN, whose personal experiences led to a recognition of the scope and root problems that prevent innovation from being impactful or scaled, which led to a body of work that has been applied across healthcare to forge a more equitable future.

Episode Resources

Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program
Dr. Wallena Gould’s Keynote Speech at the 2016 Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Commencement
Diversity in Healthcare: The Importance of Representation
The New Yorker, “Slow Ideas” by Atul Gawande
“Diffusions of Innovation” by Everett Rogers
CRNA Goldie Brangman on Treating Dr. Martin Luther King

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