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

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      • Issues faced by men in a profession dominated by women.
      • Solutions or positive responses developed to manage and regulate or cope with the issues.
      • Role of National Advisory Council in helping men in program.
      • Things that worked and those that did not.
      • Lessons learned that can be applied in other situations.



      Managing diversity dynamics in academic or clinical settings for men in nursing has unique challenges resulting from their minority status within the profession.


      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.


      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.


      Diversity dynamic issues include concerns with negative stereotyping, microaggression, gender intelligence, and differences in communication and leadership styles.


      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.


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