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Title: Black nurse in white space? Rethinking the in/visibility of race within the Australian nursing workplace
Contributor(s): Mapedzahama, Virginia (author); Rudge, Trudy (author); West, Sandra (author); Perron, Amelie (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2011.00556.x
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Abstract: This article presents an analysis of data from a critical qualitative study with 14 skilled black African migrant nurses, which document their experiences of nurse-to-nurse racism and racial prejudice in Australian nursing workplaces. Racism generally and nurse-to-nurse racism specifically, continues to be under-researched in explorations of these workplaces; when racism is researched, the focus is nurse-to-patient racism and racial prejudice. Similarly, research on the experiences of migrant nurses from a variety of ethnicities in Australia has tended to neglect their experiences of the social dynamics of the workplace, thus reinforcing their racialisation. When racialized, the migrant nurse becomes 'the problem' through a focus on English language competency and ensuing communication barriers. This paper applies Essed's framework of 'everyday racism' to theorise narratives of racism by black African migrant nurses in Australia. In so doing, it not only brings to the fore silenced discussions of nurse-to-nurse racism in Australia, but also exposes the subtle, mundane nature of contemporary racism. For this reason, while the data we present must be read within their context, that is, the Australian nursing workplace, it has significance for advancing a critical analysis of racialized minority groups' experiences of racism within seemingly 'race-less' nursing workplaces internationally.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nursing Inquiry, 19(2), p. 153-164
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1440-1800
Field of Research (FOR): 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
160805 Social Change
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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