Hairstyles, hostility and the prejudice black nurses can face about their locs
Analysis Previous     Next

Hairstyles, hostility and the prejudice black nurses can face about their locs

Daniel Allen Health journalist

Nurses of African-Caribbean heritage discuss workplace attitudes that expose bias and undermine cultural identities in favour of ‘Eurocentric’ ideas of what professionalism looks like

A nurse manager demands you alter your hairstyle even though it complies with uniform policy; a colleague pulls your hair to ‘see if it’s real’; a patient suddenly runs a hand across your head to get a feel for your hair’s texture.

Nursing Standard. 36, 7, 35-37. doi: 10.7748/ns.36.7.35.s17

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:

Your subscription package includes:
  • Full access to nursingstandard.com and the Nursing Standard app
  • The monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
Subscribe
RCN student member? Try Nursing Standard Student
Already subscribed? Log in

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Or