Confronting the cultural challenge of the whiteness of nursing: Aboriginal registered nurses' perspectives

Nielsen, Anne-Maree and Stuart, Lynne Alice and Gorman, Don (2014) Confronting the cultural challenge of the whiteness of nursing: Aboriginal registered nurses' perspectives. Contemporary Nurse, 48 (2). pp. 190-196. ISSN 1037-6178


This paper presents the findings of a study that interviewed Aboriginal nurses to explore their experiences of the whiteness of nursing. Despite concerted efforts to improve the health of Aboriginal Australians, it still remains equivalent to third world countries. One strategy identified to address this is to increase the participation rates of Aboriginal registered nurses within the Australian healthcare workforce. Presently Aboriginal nurses account for only a small percentage of the nursing workforce. While there has been research into the recruitment and retention strategies dedicated to improving the numbers of Aboriginal registered nurses, this paper focus on the experiences of Aboriginal registered nurses within Australia's mainstream healthcare system, where they are exposed and subjected on a daily basis to the 'whiteness of nursing.'

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 eContent Management Pty Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 23:09
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 04:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing; Australia; whiteness; Aboriginal; workforce participation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081940

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