Addressing Sexism in Emergency Department Operations

“Even when there is a lack of difference in ability or competence as measured by in-service exam scores and milestone evaluations, nurses evaluate female residents lower in their abilities and work ethic compared to male residents. Having crucial partners of your care team, such as nurses, judge you more harshly because of your gender naturally leads to a diminished perception of psychological safety at work. This has significant quality and safety implications when working in a fast-paced and dynamic healthcare setting, particularly the emergency department. Additionally, exhibiting effective leadership during medical resuscitations is a vital component of being a successful emergency physician. Despite assertiveness being deemed an ideal code leader behavior trait, female residents report greater discomfort and stress with adopting assertive behavior compared to their male counterparts.”

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