Oral Presentation The 26th International Nursing Philosophy Conference 2023

What nurses of color want from nursing philosophers? (#47)

Lucinda Canty 1 , Crystal Garvey 2 , Favorite Iradukunda 1 , Rebecca O Shasanmi‐Ellis 3 , Claire Valderama‐Wallace 4
  1. Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
  2. Health Sciences, Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  3. Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta , Georgia, United States
  4. Department of Nursing, California State University, East Bay, East Bay, California, United States

Scholars of color have been instrumental in advancing nursing knowledge development but find limited spaces where one can authentically share their philosophical perspective. Five nurse scholars of color convened to establish a collective system of support by sharing our experiences as researchers, scholars, be and educators with each other. We reflected on what it is like to exist as nurse philosophers in predominantly white spaces. The need for decolonisation of nursing and midwifery - the ivory silos is also interwoven into discussion.  We will share our experiences of how we exist as nurse scholars, our philosophical views, and our thoughts on how we create spaces where scholars of color can feel welcomed and acknowledged for their contributions to advancing nursing knowledge. We reimagine a world where nursing takes an antiracist approach to make way for more diverse and inclusive theories and philosophies, where our voices no longer remain at the margins of nursing theory and philosophy.

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