Mentoring Experience for Career Advancement: The perspectives of Black Women Academic Nurse Leaders

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Mentoring is critical for career advancement in all professions. It is especially crucial for leadership development and succession planning. Studies suggest that increasing the racial minority representation in higher-level leadership will provide diverse skill sets, promote innovation, and yield positive outcomes. The study aimed to examine how Black women academic nurse leaders perceive mentoring in academic nursing using critical race theory as the guiding framework and explore the crucial role of mentorship in promoting and advancing Black women academic nurse leaders. The study used a narrative qualitative research design, purposive sampling, and unstructured interviews to collect and thematically analyze data. Findings fall under two major themes; being mentored and mentoring others. The findings highlight perceived significant differences in the allocation of resources and mentoring for career advancement in academic nursing for Black nurses compared to those classified as white. Increasing diversity in nursing requires deliberate effort from majority white leadership.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • United States
  • academic nursing leadership
  • critical race theory in nursing
  • equitable opportunity
  • mentoring
  • nursing education
  • race and nursing leadership


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