Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Divina Grossman

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Janice Allen-Kelsey

Third Advisor's Name

Jacquelyn T. Hartley

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experience of racism among African-American nurses. Utilizing a qualitative phenomenological approach, data were collected by interviewing 10 African-American nurses currently practicing in Dade county. The interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using the seven step method of Colaizzi (1978).

The findings of this study indicate that racism encompasses attitudes and beliefs which generate behaviors reflecting ethnocentric ideations. The process of racism creates glass ceilings that hinder the career advancement of African-American nurses. Internalizing these experiences of racism engenders feelings of betrayal and erodes unity and cohesion within the group. This study points out the need to openly confront racism in the nursing profession, from the classroom to the workplace.



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Nursing Commons



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