renerian.........this is my personal professional
take on this subject:
in life.......we have people from many nations
within those many nations are groups of people who relate better to one another due to their likeness in how they were raised and taught to believe......through their experiences for belonging to those various groups.
those of us who live in this nation called america live in four different parts of this great nation: east....west....north...south.
when we travel outside of our given comfort zone.....we yearn to go home again so that we can be among those who talk like us, think like us, eat like us, have a sense of humor like us, dress like us, etc.
it's good to get away and mingle with other cultures outside of our own.......but, there is just something about "coming home again" to "let our hair down.....so to speak".
within each group of people, are subgroups......men relating to men......women relating to women......yet...within the same culture or ethnic group.
within that subgroup of sexes are even more subgroups: age division.......keep in mind now.....we are still within the same group.......only in various subgroups of understanding and comfort.
it is not racist for a group of women to form together based on their own understanding of one another......as long as they are not flaunting their need to group together for comfort in the faces of others......this would hurt terribly the feelings of others who do not understand their need to do so. that would be like having employees talking in their native tongue in the presence of others they work with......which is not allowed in the military work environment......don't know how it's treated in civilian employment places.
nurses of different cultures have always had their own "subgroups"......known or unknown......so why pretend among us that these various "subgroups" do not exist???
i can appreciate those groups need to feel a certain closeness, bond, understanding, and comfort level that they would not experience in a broader group of nurses that include all cultures, ethnicities, etc.
our avoidance of these issues are nonsense......imo. this issue exists.....it needs to exist for a true purpose.....and i see nothing at all wrong with us being upfront and personal about our differences so that we can learn from one another.
if we really said what we feel at times regarding one another's different cultures on a public forum.......we would be slammed big time......and you all know it. we can't even drop the "pretense" around here on "off topics" without slamming each other's opinions, so why are we kidding ourselves that we could have an open discussion regarding the need for some nurses to continue having their own private groups based on their own "commonalities"?????????
i will not debate my example here........just to let you all know upfront and personal........however.......i have no problem sharing from my heart about it from my own personal and professional experience.
thank you for appreciating my own personal opinion here even though it may mildly, moderately, or strongly disagree with your own personal opinion. i respect this about others.....bottom line.
in his grip :kiss