Purpose: This paper will present the findings of a grounded theory study that investigated the work life of visible minority nurses in Atlantic Canada.
Methodology: Qualitative study using grounded theory. In-depth individual interviews of twelve Registered Nurses (RN) were primary source of data collection. Snowball technique and theoretical sampling directed recruitment to enhance maximum variation. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and coded. Constant comparative method was used for data analysis and Atlas ti computer software facilitated data storage and management
Results: The paper will focus on the theme of relationship with professional colleagues and patients as well as the organizational culture that formed the backdrop to these relationships. It will explicate the conditions that influence the work life of visible minority nurses including racism, organizational culture and discrimination. It will discuss the impact that experiencing and witnessing racism have on the mental health of these nurses and their responses to differential treatment.
Conclusion: It will conclude with recommendations for fostering a healthy work environment for visible minority nurses including mentoring programs and opportunities for career advancements.
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