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Nurse Leaders Working for Health Equity: Experiences, Perspectives, and Insights
by Parker, Barbara D., Ed.D., Mills College, 2012, 116; 3548087
Abstract (Summary)

Nursing is integral to the health care system. Regardless of the context of nursing (e.g., primary care, public health), the objective is to ensure optimal health outcomes. Although significant disparities exist in health care among marginalized and vulnerable populations, literature regarding nurse leadership and health equity is limited. The practice of nursing is governed by clearly defined scope and standards of practice, nurses' social policy statement, and nurses' code of ethics; however, nursing education and nursing leadership may be out of step with social determinants and health care systems that historically contribute to health disparities. Disparate health care contributes to poor health outcomes. A core value of nursing is social justice, which must be taught intentionally to nurses so they can effectively respond to diverse populations who are marginalized and vulnerable, and who consequently experience inequalities and inequities in health care. Nurse leaders who are currently practicing and those entering the field of nursing need to be able to comprehend fully the "social justice" agenda and apply a social justice orientation to their work. The methods of this qualitative study drew on grounded theory to explore experiences, perceptions, and insights of nurse leaders advocating health equity in their practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Donahue, David
Commitee: Christopher, Susan, Rogers-Ard, Rachelle, Tanaka, Gregory
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Nursing, Health care management
Keywords: Health disparities, Health inequalities, Health inequities, Nurse leaders, Social determinants, Social justice
Publication Number: 3548087
ISBN: 978-1-267-83285-6
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