Unconscious Bias in Healthcare: How You May Be Harming Your Patient

Author(s): Latonya Brumfield

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Sep 15, 2024

Topics: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Unconscious bias (UB) is known to play a role in the numerous health disparities in the United States. Although its impact is challenging to measure, most agree that UB is pervasive and permeates every aspect of healthcare. However, there are strategies that can help mitigate the impact of bias on health equity. Join this session to gain foundational knowledge on UB and how to combat UB with strategies such as introspection, mindfulness, perspective taking, diversity training and mentorship.


  • Define key terms for understanding a discussion on unconscious bias.
  • Describe the impact of bias on patient outcomes and how it contributes to health inequity.
  • Comprehend how to minimize the impact of personal biases on the care of their patients.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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