Having influence: Faculty of color having influence in schools of nursing

Dena Hassouneh, Kristin F. Lutz

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Faculty of color (FOC) play an important role in mentoring students and other FOC in schools of nursing. However, the unique nature of mentoring that FOC provide, which includes transmission of expert knowledge of the operations of racism in nursing academe, is not well understood. Furthermore, the influence FOC have on school cultures has not been well documented. To address this gap in knowledge we conducted a critical grounded theory study with 23 FOC in predominately Euro-American schools of nursing. Findings indicate that FOC Having Influence is a key process that explicates the influence FOC wield, exposing their work, which is often taken for granted, hidden, and, unacknowledged. FOC Having Influence occurred in two areas: 1) the survival and success of students and FOC and 2) shaping practices in schools of nursing and impacting health in communities. Implications for educational practice and future research are presented, based on study findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-163
Number of pages11
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Faculty influence
  • Grounded theory
  • Minority faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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