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The purpose of this study was to construct a substantive grounded theory specific to the gender transition experiences of practicing nurses in their personal and professional lives and to explore the barriers and facilitative factors to gender transition for practicing nurses. There has been research regarding transgender individuals’ discrimination experiences in their daily lives related to their gender identity. These negative experiences increase their vulnerability to negative health outcomes, such as anxiety, substance abuse and depression. However, there is very little known about practicing nurses who are transgender. This research is important because the mental and physical health of nurses influences the health of their patients. A constructivist grounded theory approach was used to examine the social processes practicing nurses utilize during gender transition in their personal and professional lives, as well as the barriers and facilitative factors to gender transition within the theoretical perspective of symbolic interactionism. The use of semi-structured interviews with practicing nurses who had experienced gender transition in their personal and/or professional lives (n=12) was used to inform this constructivist grounded theory study. The researcher co-constructed a substantive theory explaining the process practicing nurses used to navigate gender transition in their personal and professional lives and the barriers and facilitators to their gender transition process with the participants of the study. Four theoretical concepts were identified: Searching for the True Self, Sharing the True Self, Establishing Self Safety and Living as the True Self. This study adds to the currently limited body of knowledge of nurses who identify as transgender and how to support gender transition in the nursing profession. The results of this study conceptually align with previous research, such as gender transition and gender transition in the workplace, as well as adds to the literature by examining the experiences of practicing nurses gender transition experiences in their personal and professional lives. The findings of this study may be used to inform further research focused on supporting transgender nurses and improving the gender transition experiences of practicing nurses.
Gender Transition; Transgender Nurses; Transition in the workplace
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sullivan, Rhiannon Dawn, "Becoming Myself: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study of the Gender Transition Experiences of Practicing Nurses" (2020). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4086.
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