African American Decision Makers in Healthcare: Exploring the Impact of Mentoring on Professional Advancement

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Universal-Publishers, 2008 - Social Science - 200 pages
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This qualitative case study explored the impact of mentoring on professional advancement among African Americans healthcare professionals. A nonrandom purposeful sample was used to identify 21 African American hospital decision makers employed in the specialty areas of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and administration. Two central research questions were used to explore the role of mentoring on professional advancement and the participants' perception of the importance of mentorship and empowerment on their professional advancement. Data was analyzed using Moustakas (1994) modified van Kaam method of analysis. Results of the study showed that mentoring plays an important role in the professional advancement of African American hospital professionals. Additionally, the study participants believed that mentoring empowers African Americans for professional advancement.
 

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Contents

Purpose of the Study
7
Research Questions
14
Assumptions
21
REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
27
Diversity in Healthcare
31
Recruitment of Healthcare Employees
38
Mentoring for Success
44
Advancement
50
SUMMARY RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
95
Research Question Two
106
Limitations
109
Summary of Organizational Characteristics of the Sample
144
Summary of Demographic Characteristics of the Sample
146
Summary of Employment Characteristics of the Sample
148
Professional Goals and Job Satisfaction
151
Explicit Definitions of Mentoring
156

METHOD
57
Data Collection
71
Data Collection
82
The Importance of Mentorship
89
Themes Derived from the Explicit Definitions of Mentoring
160
Role of Respondents Personal Mentor
162
Importance of Mentors for African Americans to Advance in Their Careers
165
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