The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experience of nurses who care for hospitalized women outside of an addiction treatment setting who have a problem with drugs and / or alcohol. The relational experiences of ten registered nurses who had cared for women with drug and alcohol problems were elicited. Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology was the method used to interpret the nurse participants’ meaning of their experience. The theoretical framework that was used to explore the nurses’ experience of caring for women who abuse or are dependent on alcohol was Boykin and Schoenhofer’s Nursing as Caring (1993). The relational themes that emerged were: Caring in the dark; Intentionally knowing the woman with AOD as a unique person; and Experiencing sisterhood.
|Advisor:||Barry, Charlotte D.|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Womens studies, Nursing|
|Keywords:||Drug and alcohol problems, Experience of nurses, Phenomenology, Substance abuse, Women and addiction|
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