Generational Trauma, Its Effect on Native Americans, and How Nurses Can Help

April 25, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

As part of the Native American Nursing Learning Collaborative (NANLC) webinar series to improve health equity for Native Americans, this webinar featured the work of Native American nurse leaders building a culture of health. Specifically, presenters provided an overview of the history of Native American tribes and the effects of generational trauma, such as violence and homelessness, on health outcomes. They discussed strategies and the importance of incorporating cultural values and beliefs in their work.

Presenters: Whitney Fear, RN, BSN (Oglala Sioux), nurse case manager and community outreach nurse for Homeless Health Services in Fargo, N.D.; Lisa Martin, PhD, RN (Lac Du Flambeau Band of Chippewa), president of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA); and Misty Wilkie, PhD, RN (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), immediate past-president of NANAINA.

Objectives: 

  • Identify how adverse childhood experiences and generational trauma relate to events of the past and present.
  • Discuss the effects of adverse childhood experience and generational trauma on health.
  • Discuss how incorporating Indigenous wisdom into nursing practice is beneficial to patients and a possible tactic for cultural revitalization.
  • Discuss the role and work of NANAINA leadership.