Role Stereotyping, Misconceptions About Nursing Career

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Introduction According to Passel, Cohn and Lopez (2011), the proportion of AA by 2010 stood at 12.2% of the total US population. However, a report generated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in (2011) reveals that only 6% of registered nurses in the US are AA. Loftin et al. (2012) listed inadequate monetary funding, insufficient moral and emotional support, lack of academic and nursing program advising as well as scant technical support and professional socialization as some of the reasons that explain why few AA fails to pursue nursing or complete the nursing program. Role stereotyping, misconceptions about nursing career are also noted reasons (Bosher & Pharris, 2008). Similarly, Literature indicates absence of existing counsellors for AA students and newly graduated nurses who are already practicing places a lot of challenges towards their achievement and future career prospects (Wesley & Dobal, 2009). Purpose Statement Delivering culturally sensitive care is an important focus throughout healthcare institutions in the US and for this reason it is gaining attention within the nursing profession since nurses are crucial when it comes to the delivery of health care. This is because they can have a great influence on unequal treatment thereby enhancing the culturally congruent care within the health care institutions they operate from (Wesley & Dobal, 2009). The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)

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