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‘Racist’ nursing textbook pulled after criticism on social media

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A publisher has been forced to apologise and pull a nursing textbook from sale, amid claims that some of its content was “racist”.

A US textbook called Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume I was heavily criticised on social media for perpetuating racial stereotypes including about Jews, black people and Muslims.

“We apologise for the offense this has caused. We agree that it is wrong”

Pearson statement

Pages from the book, published in 2015 by Pearson, were posted on Twitter and Facebook earlier this month. The book is the first volume in a series of three.

Under the heading of “diversity and culture”, it listed what it described as “some common cultural differences related to pain”.

“A clients’ culture influences their response to and beliefs about pain,” it stated.

It listed information under the following racial groupings about “Arabs/Muslims”, “Asians”, “Blacks”, “Jews”, “Native Americans” and “Hispanics”.

For example, it claimed that Jewish people “may be vocal and demanding” if they are in pain, while black people “report higher pain intensity than other cultures”.


‘Racist’ nursing textbook pulled after criticism on social media

Source: Pearson

It also claimed that Muslims “may not request pain medication but instead thank Allah for pain” and said Native Americans may prefer medication that had “been blessed by a tribal shaman”.

In a post on Facebook, Onyx Moore described the page in the book as “an excellent example of how not to be even remotely culturally sensitive”.

“These assumptions are not evidence-based, they encourage nurses to ignore what a patient is actually saying… they list common behaviours as culturally specific, and they don’t actually teach nurses how to engage in a culturally sensitive way,” she wrote.

In a statement, Pearson said: “We have been notified of offensive content in a nursing textbook. We are removing this content from publication.

“We apologise for the offense this has caused and appreciate the concern and feedback we have received,” it said. “We agree that it is wrong.

“We have removed it from current electronic and future print editions and apologise for its publication,” it added.

However, a quick online search by Nursing Times revealed that the title is still listed as being available in print from, as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


‘Racist’ nursing textbook pulled after criticism on social media

Source: Onyx Moore/Facebook

Page from Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume I

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