Sometimes. I am a black nurse and have experienced discriminatory remarks on the job.
Many times I felt helpless, especially reporting to managers who support or are friends with
the individuals I reported on; add to this, an HR representative who is buddies with the manager.
And then there's bullying. It is common for nurses to bully each other and physicians to bully nurses.
I have been bullied and discriminated a lot in my 34 years as RN.
It is especially common for travelling nurses to be abused or discriminated against by reason that they make too much money and therefore should be treated unfairly.
And when it comes to bias treatment for patients...
I am assigned to patients who are African-American as a means to deal with implicit bias by
those who coordinate clinical assignment.
There is discrepancies in healthcare outcomes because there is bias, implicit and explicit, in healthcare.
I wouldn't do anything else after 26 years. The only thing I would change is to go to nursing school prior to having a family.
My theme song after all these years is Stronger by Kelly Clarkson!
Absolutely not! After 30+ years in the medical field and some difficult times, I still love being a nurse!