Research College of Nursing believes Social Justice is, “acting in accordance with fair treatment regardless of economic status, ethnicity, age, citizenship, disability, or sexual orientation” as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, 2007.
In partnership with the AACN, Research College of Nursing supports the teaching of the professional value of social justice through increased awareness of students’ own and others’ values, social and ethical issues. The AACN focus includes three categories. These are fair and non-discriminatory delivery of care, universal access to health care, and legislation and policy of nursing and health care.
Through curricular and non-curricular components, the College assesses the social attitudes and structures that ameliorate or exaggerate health risks for groups in the following four domains: poverty; racial, ethnic and other minority groups; medically underserved; and those exposed to environmental hazards. The College also applies social justice and ethical concepts into an understanding of socio-political health issues. The four domains of Social Justice are each assigned to a practice course. They are Poverty: Adult Health I; Minority Health: Adult Health II; Medically Underserved: Maternal-Child Nursing; Environmental Health: Community Health Nursing. The faculty in each of these courses provide students the opportunity to explore the corresponding domain.
The non-curricular component of the College’s commitment to Social Justice is student’s participation in service activities aimed at promoting social justice. Students, who complete a minimum of 2 hours of social justice annually, are encouraged to find opportunities that align with their personal interest and values. The Director of Student Affairs approves these opportunities and can offer suggestions to students if needed.