Black Nurse Scholars' Experiences in an Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship

Tiffany M. Montgomery, Kortney Floyd James, Lisa N. Mansfield, Morine Cebert Gaitors, Jade C. Burns, Jasmine Travers, Esther Laury, Cherie Conley, Keitra Thompson, Dominique Bulgin, Kia Skrine Jeffers

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Postdoctoral fellowship programs play an essential role in developing future leaders in nursing by providing opportunities for interprofessional education, training, and collaboration. Nurse leaders must carefully consider the climate and design of such programs, paying particular attention to the ability to support the career journeys of more doctorally-prepared nurses from diverse backgrounds. This article describes a self-study that considered the unique, yet collective, lived experiences of 11 Black, doctorally-prepared, nurses who completed (or are completing) the same interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship. We describe the study methods, results, discussion, and limitations. Five themes across three phases of the nurse scholars’ educational journeys describe lived experiences in spaces not traditionally designed to support minoritized women, including insight into the limits and benefits of these programs specific to Black nurse scholars. Finally, we suggest implications for nursing to inform interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship programs to strengthen Black nurse scholars as emerging leaders with interprofessional collaboration skills to improve healthcare services provided to diverse patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOnline Journal of Issues in Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Black nurses
  • Black women
  • diversity
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • doctorally-prepared nurse
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • interdisciplinary education
  • nursing research
  • PhD in nursing
  • postdoctoral fellowship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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