Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Deborah Schuhmacher, DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Cheryl Woods-Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, FABMR


The Strong Black Woman/Superwoman (SBW/SW) phenomenon is a cultural norm in the African American/Black community. As Black women prioritize being strong and caring for others, they often neglect their own health and wellbeing, and this neglect of self-care can negatively impact mind-body-soul-spirit health. All advanced practice nurses (APN) should understand the importance of not judging SBW/SW strength, seeing the SBW/SW as whole, and offering holistic nursing care. Woods-Giscombe’s evidence-informed Superwoman Schema (SWS) provided a conceptual framework to which the APN author of this manuscript applied Watson’s Human Caring Theory concepts of transpersonal caring, caring-healing modalities, and Caritas Processes 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8 and planned and developed the DNP scholarly project. The Healthscapes Series project, which was implemented in the Southeastern United States and presented in hybrid form (in-person and online) during six sessions over eight weeks, offered culturally relevant, culturally informed, culturally sensitive, and culturally tailored care to eight Black women who identified as SBW/SW women. Project results included mind-body-soul-spirit growth and healing, knowledge development, and attitude and behavior shifts for project participants and the APN scholar and knowledge development for the project’s community partner. The project demonstrated the importance and impact of offering holistic nursing care to Black women from a SWS-informed, culturally relevant, and culturally sensitive lens, and identified future opportunities for the APN to accompany the SBW/SW on self-caring-healing pathways.


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