Although many studies may have been conducted to gain greater insight into the experiences of chemically impaired nurses, few, if any, studies focused on understanding and explaining the experiences of administrators who have hired, fired, or supervised chemically rehabilitated professionals. Imogene King’s conceptual system and theory of goal attainment forms the framework for this study because the model is focused on three interacting systems identified as personal, interpersonal, and social systems. King views people as dynamic human beings whose discernment of persons, events, and objects guide their behaviors, social interactions, and physical well-being. In this qualitative phenomenological study, the lived experiences of administrators, supervisors, and managers who have hired, fired, or supervised recovered chemical dependent nurses as well as managers’ perceptions and attitudes about professionals rehabilitated from chemical dependency re-entering practice are explored. Each member of the purposefully selected sample participated in audiotaped open-ended interviews. The information was analyzed according to Colaizzi’s procedural steps. The major themes that emerged included demonstration of compassion, concern for the assignment of duties, the influence of personal values (forgiveness, acceptance, and respect for others), and eligibility for employment and the successful completion of the Impaired Nurse Program (IPN). Results from the study add to existing nursing literature and may assist leaders to construct a work setting conducive to meeting the goals set forth by health administrators as well as provide insight into and acceptance of the rehabilitated professional in the work setting.
|Commitee:||Grendell, Ruth, Howard, Terry|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Drug misuse, Goal attainment, Health administrators, Impaired Nurse, Personal values, Rehabilitated nurses|
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