M1-Assess the effects. Effects in the future.
“Labelling is a short word or phrase descriptive of a person, group, and intellectual movement.”
It’s when humans tend to view people in a certain way. Usually it is in a negative way e.g. a girl who dresses up black or dark makeup may be called an emo at school.
Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Centre security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.
She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.
Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.
Six months later, family members still wonder how Brown’s sprained ankle led to her death in police custody, and whether anyone — including themselves — is to blame.
There seems to be no simple answer.
Actually there is a very simple answer. At some point in her care, a nurse or physician decided Anna Brown deserved to die. I don’t mean literally a health care professional wrote Anna Brown’s chart, “This patient deserves to die.” But someone decided — a nurse, a physician, or maybe it was a collective, Emergency Department judgment — that because Anna Brown was homeless, because she was black, because she was poor, because she had made multiple visits, because she was still in pain, because she advocated for herself by making a fuss, because she possibly had (undiagnosed) mental health issues, she was not entitled to proper care.
She was labelled. She was drug-seeking. She was crazy. She was a frequent flyer. And that killed her as surely as if a nurse had bolused potassium chloride.
Basis of discrimination is race.
Labelling people in care setting has many effects:
1. Lower self-esteem.
Self-esteem can lead to negative view on life. You start to lose trust on people.
2. Labelling people causes them to lose motivation, which means they do not think they are good enough to do anything.
3. Labelling people means victims may not get the same opportunities as other people might get.
4. Labelled people tend to keep to themselves and they do not show that they are hurts and they are angry which lead them to cut themselves and cause harm to themselves or the people around them
5. Labelling can sometimes cause people to die like in the case study of Anna Brown. She was black and labelled a drug addict.
The case study mentioned in P2 is a very sad real story of a young woman who dies due to poor treatment in a hospital because she was labelled as drug addict.
Even though she did say that she doesn’t do drugs and after doing a test on her no drug were found in her system however no nurse or doctor believed her maybe because of the way she was acting. The sad thing about her case is that the silly labelling of the doctor led the young girl to die. She was screaming and yelling at hospital that her leg was hurting.
After several hours she was arrested for trespassing, even by the police she was treated brutally, she was pulled out of the police car because she said she cannot get out of the car. She was found dead on the floor in the jail cold blooded the young women had just passed away.
The officer has suspected that she was using drug but she wasn’t. It was also said that in Browns chart a nurse has written…