Promotion opportunities of minorities to the controlled grades in the Navy Nurse Corps
Simpson, Peggy F.
Mehay, Stephen L.
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Nursing is an overwhelming white, female occupation, a situation that has continued despite years of shortages in the nurse labor market as well as a blurring of gender and racial/ethnic roles in society. This thesis analyzes the promotion opportunities of minorities (which includes men in nursing) to the controlled grades in the Navy Nurse Corps. Data are drawn from the Officer Master Files and the Officer Summary Records. Multivariate logistic regression models are estimated for each controlled grade; the models control for demographic, education, and Navy experience factors. Minority status and gender are found the be statistically insignificant factors affecting promotion at the Captain and Commander selection levels; however, at the Lieutenant Commander selection level, gender and minority status have a statistically significant negative effect on promotion. The thesis suggests further areas of research that will be necessary to identify other performance factors that may be associated with promotion differences by race/ethnic or gender status.
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