Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Stories of Three Caribbean Nurses

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Stories of Three Caribbean Nurses

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Stories of Three Caribbean Nurses

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Stories of Three Caribbean Nurses

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Within recent times, the role of nurses in the health care system and the influence of their unique perspective on health care reform have increasingly received attention. This is particularly evident in recorded works about pioneering British and Canadian nurses such as Florence Nightingale, Isabel Robb and Adelaide Nutting. Nursing literature is replete with documentation of the achievements and accomplishments of nursing leaders from the developed world—British, American, Canadian, European and, lately, Australian — and their impact on nursing in their own countries and internationally. This issue of leadership assumes greater significance when it involves the developing countries as nursing leadership was traditionally always provided by the dominant group from the metropolitan countries. There is a dearth of documented research about the contributions of nursing leaders to the health care system in the developing world. In terms of a multicultural and international perspective, one might well ask where, if any, are the nursing leaders of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage in the developing countries? What are their achievements? Did they become leaders during the time of European dominance? Or is it only in the postcolonial period? If there are leaders in the developing countries, why have their contributions to nursing and health care not been acknowledged and documented?

A review of the literature identified only a few books and journal articles written about nurses of colour, and it is not coincidental that the authors were of the same cultural and racial background. D. C. Hine, a black American female historian, writing about the history of black health professionals in the health care system in the United States of America examined the intersection between class, race and . . .

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