BALANCING SURVIVAL AND RESISTANCE: FACULTY OF COLOR IN EUROAMERICAN SCHOOLS OF NURSING

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211492
Type:
Research Study
Title:
BALANCING SURVIVAL AND RESISTANCE: FACULTY OF COLOR IN EUROAMERICAN SCHOOLS OF NURSING
Abstract:
Purposes/Aims: The purpose of this study was to develop a substantive grounded theory of the experiences of faculty of color (FOC) in predominantly Euro-American schools of nursing. Rationale/ Background: Nursing FOC are a vital resource for increasing the number of nurses of color in the workforce, decreasing health disparities, and improving the quality of academic environments. Despite the importance of FOC in schools of nursing and a stated commitment to diversity on the part of nursing schools and professional organizations, FOC continue to be underrepresented. In addition to being underrepresented, anecdotal reports suggest that FOC face numerous barriers to contributing to and benefiting from academic environments due to the deeply entrenched problem of racism. To begin to address this problem we conducted a critical grounded theory study of the experiences of FOC in predominantly Euro-American schools of nursing. Methods: Twenty-three FOC participated in the study. In addition to interviews with FOC we also coded published first person narratives written by FOC across disciplines. The analysis began with open coding followed by substantive open coding. The final stages of the analysis consisted of selective and theoretical coding to form the emerging theory. Results: Findings indicate that a dominant group sometimes referred to as the “good old girls” posed a major barrier to change. To maintain the status-quo, the good old girls used their influence to subject FOC to Patterns of Exclusion and Control with the ultimate goal of controlling the influence of FOC. The intensity of the exclusion and control experienced by FOC was mediated by the perceived threat posed by each individual FOC to the status-quo. In addition, the intensity of Patterns of Exclusion and Control, and FOC’s response to these patterns was mediated by intervening conditions such as progressive/regressive school leadership, mentoring, and FOC rank. The core psychosocial process of our theory, Balancing Survival and Resistance, describes FOC’s response to Patterns of Exclusion and Control as they struggled to progress in their careers and influence their environments. The final outcome of the process of Balancing Survival and Resistance was FOC Having Influence. Despite the barriers many FOC faced, they were able to have significant influence on students, faculty, school, and community. Implications: These findings document the complex ways that racism operates within predominately Euro-American schools of nursing and suggest possible avenues for intervention to improve the experiences of FOC and support their influence on nursing academic environments.
Keywords:
Diversity; Faculty of color; Nursing schools
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5300
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleBALANCING SURVIVAL AND RESISTANCE: FACULTY OF COLOR IN EUROAMERICAN SCHOOLS OF NURSINGen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211492-
dc.description.abstractPurposes/Aims: The purpose of this study was to develop a substantive grounded theory of the experiences of faculty of color (FOC) in predominantly Euro-American schools of nursing. Rationale/ Background: Nursing FOC are a vital resource for increasing the number of nurses of color in the workforce, decreasing health disparities, and improving the quality of academic environments. Despite the importance of FOC in schools of nursing and a stated commitment to diversity on the part of nursing schools and professional organizations, FOC continue to be underrepresented. In addition to being underrepresented, anecdotal reports suggest that FOC face numerous barriers to contributing to and benefiting from academic environments due to the deeply entrenched problem of racism. To begin to address this problem we conducted a critical grounded theory study of the experiences of FOC in predominantly Euro-American schools of nursing. Methods: Twenty-three FOC participated in the study. In addition to interviews with FOC we also coded published first person narratives written by FOC across disciplines. The analysis began with open coding followed by substantive open coding. The final stages of the analysis consisted of selective and theoretical coding to form the emerging theory. Results: Findings indicate that a dominant group sometimes referred to as the “good old girls” posed a major barrier to change. To maintain the status-quo, the good old girls used their influence to subject FOC to Patterns of Exclusion and Control with the ultimate goal of controlling the influence of FOC. The intensity of the exclusion and control experienced by FOC was mediated by the perceived threat posed by each individual FOC to the status-quo. In addition, the intensity of Patterns of Exclusion and Control, and FOC’s response to these patterns was mediated by intervening conditions such as progressive/regressive school leadership, mentoring, and FOC rank. The core psychosocial process of our theory, Balancing Survival and Resistance, describes FOC’s response to Patterns of Exclusion and Control as they struggled to progress in their careers and influence their environments. The final outcome of the process of Balancing Survival and Resistance was FOC Having Influence. Despite the barriers many FOC faced, they were able to have significant influence on students, faculty, school, and community. Implications: These findings document the complex ways that racism operates within predominately Euro-American schools of nursing and suggest possible avenues for intervention to improve the experiences of FOC and support their influence on nursing academic environments.en_GB
dc.subjectDiversityen_GB
dc.subjectFaculty of coloren_GB
dc.subjectNursing schoolsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T11:58:19Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T11:58:19Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T11:58:19Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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