It is like ‘judging a book by its cover’: An exploration of the lived experiences of Black African mental health nurses in England
AbstractThe aim of this paper was to explore the experiences of perceived prejudices faced in England by Black African mental health nurses. Purposive sampling was used to identify five nurses from sub-Saharan Africa. They were interviewed using face-to-face semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The findings were reported under two superordinate themes: Judging a book by its cover and opportunities. The findings showed that Black African nurses experience deep-rooted discrimination and marginalisation. Aside from that, because of their ethnicity and the fact that they speak English as a second language, they face discrimination and have difficulty achieving leadership roles. These findings provide key stakeholders, such as nursing trade unions and professional associations, as well as NHS employers, with the opportunity to act to counter hegemony in the NHS and recognise that discriminatory and racially related barriers hinder Black African nurses from reaching their full professional potential.
CitationTuffour, I. (2021) It is like ‘judging a book by its cover’: An exploration of the lived experiences of Black African mental health nurses in England. Nursing Inquiry, 29(1), e12436. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12436
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