A Black Feminist Study of African Nova Scotian Nurses and Their Leadership in Healthcare
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African Nova Scotians (ANSs) are a culturally distinct group who have endured hardship yet succeeded in exceptional ways. Little is known about African Nova Scotian (ANS) nurses; however, literature suggests that ANSs are underrepresented in nursing. This research used Black feminist theory to critically examined the leadership experiences of ANS nurses in healthcare practice. Data collection involved one-on-one semi-structured interviews with eighteen ANS nurses. Data were analyzed using Critical Discourse Studies. Study findings include three overarching sections: 1) African Nova Scotians as a Distinct People 2) Institution of Care and 3) Leadership Philosophy and Practice. Each section contains conceptual themes that provide an understanding of leadership for ANS nurses. Leadership was determined deeply rooted in a community-oriented approach to care and was regarded as an integral component of nursing. These findings contribute to the advancement of healthcare. Finally, this study contributes to the ongoing work of reclaiming ANS identity.