Diversity dynamics: The experience of male Robert Wood Johnson Foundation nurse faculty scholars

Abraham A. Brody, Jason E. Farley, Gordon L. Gillespie, Ronald Hickman, Eric A. Hodges, Courtney Lyder, Steven J. Palazzo, Todd Ruppar, Martin Schiavenato, Daniel J. Pesut

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Background Managing diversity dynamics in academic or clinical settings for men in nursing has unique challenges resulting from their minority status within the profession. Purpose The purpose of this study was to share challenges and lessons learned identified by male scholars in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program and suggest strategies for creating positive organizations promoting inclusive excellence. Methods Multiple strategies including informal mentored discussions and peer-to-peer dialogue throughout the program, formal online surveys of scholars and National Advisory Committee members, and review of scholar progress reports were analyzed as part of the comprehensive evaluation plan of the program. Discussion Diversity dynamic issues include concerns with negative stereotyping, microaggression, gender intelligence, and differences in communication and leadership styles. Conclusion Male nurse faculty scholars report experiencing both opportunities and challenges residing in a predominately female profession. This article attempts to raise awareness and suggest strategies to manage diversity dynamics in service of promoting the development of a culture of health that values diversity and inclusive excellence for both men and women in academic, research, and practice contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-288
Number of pages11
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2017


  • Culture of health
  • Diversity
  • Health workforce
  • Inclusive environment
  • Men's role
  • Microaggression
  • Positive organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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