After Rob’s experience in Ireland, I am convinced.
Patients should speak at every nursing conference!
It is one thing to hear from ourselves and what clinicians think;
But it is an entirely different thing to hear from another perspective.
Confirmation bias is dangerous.
It deludes us to think that we are doing better than we really are.
Having patients or a patient family member speak is like looking in a mirror.
An honest, well lit mirror is a confronting thing, especially for insecure people who might not like what they see.
If we feel confronted by hearing patients tell of their experiences, then it is our own insecurity the reflection highlights.
A lesson in life and reality.
Just because we don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s not real.
But if we want a better future and a just culture, it is important that we listen, especially if what we hear conflicts with the masterpiece we’ve etched in our own minds.