The Black Female Nurse Lecturers Lived Experiences In Higher Education

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What is it like being a Black British woman of Caribbean heritage, a registered nurse and a nurse lecturer in the predominantly white space that is academia and female dominated nursing profession? A pilot study was undertaken as part of my Doctoral research and female nurse lecturers were interviewed that all identified themselves as Black of Caribbean origin born in England. There is a legacy of Black Caribbean and African women coming to the epicenter of the British Empire as nurses or to train as a registered nurse (Brathwaite, 2018; Flynn, 2011).

The movement from practicing in the clinical environment to nurse educator in higher education is one fraught with white privilege, white supremacy and various forms of racisms on the one hand and being seen as a role model and empowering the large number of Black and Brown students nurses who see what can be achieved on the other (Alexander & Arday, 2015; Bouattia, 2015; Watson, 2017; Bhopal, 2018; Arday & Mirza, 2019;). Using a postcolonial feminist and intersectional lens, the participants gendered lived experiences were interpreted (Finlay, 2011). The Black female nurse academics experiences are one that are contextualised through the inequality experienced in both nursing and higher education and the calling out that inequality and navigating it throughout their lives (Rollock, 2022; Watson, 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Sociology Association conference
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Mar 2024

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