"Know What Battle to Fight and How to Fight It": Navigating the Cultural Terrain of Healthcare

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603192
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"Know What Battle to Fight and How to Fight It": Navigating the Cultural Terrain of Healthcare
Other Titles:
Effects of Toxic People [Session]
Author(s):
Etowa, Josephine Bassey
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Gamma
Author Details:
Josephine B. Etowa, RN, PhD, jetowa@uottawa.ca
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, November 8, 2015: Background: Globalisation and the changing demographics of contemporary society call for a diverse health professionals’ workforce to provide effective health care for all consumers.  There has been growing interest in issues of diversity, social inclusion, and racism within the nursing profession and programs are being developed to promote diversity in the profession. This growing interest in understanding the importance of diversity and social inclusion, as well as the specific experiences of minority health professionals, holds promise for health care. Therefore, sustained efforts to create a healthy population should include examining the work life experiences of minority nurses already working in the system and creating a healthy work environment for all nurses irrespective their ethno-cultural backgrounds. Purpose: This paper will present the findings of a grounded theory study that investigated the work life of visible minority nurses in Atlantic Canada. Methodology: Qualitative study using grounded theory. In-depth individual interviews of twelve Registered Nurses (RN) were primary source of data collection. Snowball technique and theoretical sampling directed recruitment to enhance maximum variation. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and coded.  Constant comparative method was used for data analysis and Atlas ti computer software facilitated data storage and management   Results:  The paper will focus on the theme of relationship with professional colleagues and patients as well as the organizational culture that formed the backdrop to these relationships. It will explicate the conditions that influence the work life of visible minority nurses including racism, organizational culture and discrimination. It will discuss the impact that experiencing and witnessing racism have on the mental health of these nurses and their responses to differential treatment. Conclusion: It will conclude with recommendations for fostering a healthy work environment for visible minority nurses including mentoring programs and opportunities for career advancements.
Keywords:
Visible Minority Nurses; Healthcare; Racism
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15C18
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.title"Know What Battle to Fight and How to Fight It": Navigating the Cultural Terrain of Healthcareen
dc.title.alternativeEffects of Toxic People [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorEtowa, Josephine Basseyen
dc.contributor.departmentTau Gammaen
dc.author.detailsJosephine B. Etowa, RN, PhD, jetowa@uottawa.caen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603192en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, November 8, 2015: Background: Globalisation and the changing demographics of contemporary society call for a diverse health professionals’ workforce to provide effective health care for all consumers.  There has been growing interest in issues of diversity, social inclusion, and racism within the nursing profession and programs are being developed to promote diversity in the profession. This growing interest in understanding the importance of diversity and social inclusion, as well as the specific experiences of minority health professionals, holds promise for health care. Therefore, sustained efforts to create a healthy population should include examining the work life experiences of minority nurses already working in the system and creating a healthy work environment for all nurses irrespective their ethno-cultural backgrounds. Purpose: This paper will present the findings of a grounded theory study that investigated the work life of visible minority nurses in Atlantic Canada. Methodology: Qualitative study using grounded theory. In-depth individual interviews of twelve Registered Nurses (RN) were primary source of data collection. Snowball technique and theoretical sampling directed recruitment to enhance maximum variation. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and coded.  Constant comparative method was used for data analysis and Atlas ti computer software facilitated data storage and management   Results:  The paper will focus on the theme of relationship with professional colleagues and patients as well as the organizational culture that formed the backdrop to these relationships. It will explicate the conditions that influence the work life of visible minority nurses including racism, organizational culture and discrimination. It will discuss the impact that experiencing and witnessing racism have on the mental health of these nurses and their responses to differential treatment. Conclusion: It will conclude with recommendations for fostering a healthy work environment for visible minority nurses including mentoring programs and opportunities for career advancements.en
dc.subjectVisible Minority Nursesen
dc.subjectHealthcareen
dc.subjectRacismen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:45:17Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:45:17Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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