Two Aboriginal registered nurses show us why black nurses caring for black patients is good medicine

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Stuart, Lynne and Nielsen, Anne-Maree. 2010. "Two Aboriginal registered nurses show us why black nurses caring for black patients is good medicine." Contemporary Nurse. 37 (1), pp. 96-101. https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2011.37.1.096
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Two Aboriginal registered nurses show us why black nurses caring for black patients is good medicine

ERA Journal ID40054
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsStuart, Lynne (Author) and Nielsen, Anne-Maree (Author)
Journal TitleContemporary Nurse
Journal Citation37 (1), pp. 96-101
Number of Pages6
Year2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationMaleny, Australia
ISSN1037-6178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2011.37.1.096
Web Address (URL)http://www.atypon-link.com/EMP/doi/pdf/10.5172/conu.2011.37.1.096
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In Queensland, Aboriginal nurses are limited in number in comparison to the mainstream nursing workforce. More Aboriginal registered nurses are needed to cater for Aboriginal patients in our Australian healthcare system in view of today's burgeoning Indigenous health crisis. It is a foregone conculsion that Aboriginal nurses are the most suitable nurses to provide optimal cross cultural care for Aboriginal patients, due to having similar cultural backgrounds. The following paper will show how two Aboriginal registered nurses are opitimitstic about the possibilities of expanding the ranks of Aboriginal registered nurses through role modelling, and are channelling their research to achieve this with the aim of promoting better health outcomes for their people. A qualitative research approach has been used to examine the subjective human experience of the participants. Three dominant themes emerged from the reseaerch and will be expanded upon within the body of this paper to support the authors' thesis that Aboriginal nurses are a valuable commodity to address the Aborignal health crisis.

Keywordsblack/aboriginal nurses; aboriginal patients; cultural safety
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450499. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing not elsewhere classified
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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