Out of the Dark and Into the Light: Exploring the Lived Experience of Nurses who are Addicted, and Applying this Knowledge to Nurse Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152968
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Out of the Dark and Into the Light: Exploring the Lived Experience of Nurses who are Addicted, and Applying this Knowledge to Nurse Education
Author(s):
Burton, Karen Lee
Author Details:
Karen Lee Burton, MS, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor at Weber State University [at time of presentation]. Current email: kburton@nightingale.edu.
Abstract:
[Research Presentation]

Purpose:� The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experience of nurses who are addicted to drugs, and then take this knowledge and more effectively teach the subject to nursing students. Nurse drug abuse and addiction is a topic of serious concern in nursing.� Some ambivalence related to discussing nurse drug abuse still exists among nurses and nurse educators. Many people choose to ignore the issue, excusing it as somebody else's problem.� Nursing students may view the problem as something that affects others, but will never affect them. Having a better understanding of the lived experience of nurses that are addicted may help guide these students in understanding the reality of drug addiction in the profession.� Nursing students, nurses, and nurse educators can all benefit from this type of personal information and insight from the view of nurse addicts.

Methods:� In this qualitative study, interviews were conducted exploring the lived experiences of nurses who are addicted. Observation techniques were also employed. Data analysis was then completed and themes were identified that were common among the participants in the study.

Results:� The study provides insight into the way actual nurse addicts feel about their addictions, and how they experience life as recovering addicts. Five themes have been identified and are as follows:� 1) Drug addiction decreases self-esteem; 2) Fear related to drug use; 3) Control issues with excessive working; 4) Belief it would never happen to them; and 5) Hope and desire to have their experience help others

Conclusion: Nurse addiction is often a dark, secretive subject that is ignored. This study brings the subject to light, and will hopefully change educators? perceptions of nurse addiction. Then educators can take a more accurate perspective on nurse addiction and incorporate them into their curricula.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2011
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Cancun, Mexico
Description:
22nd International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Leading the Global Practice-Research Interface in the New Millennium. Held 11-14 July, 2011, at the Universal/Expo Center, Cancun, Mexico.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOut of the Dark and Into the Light: Exploring the Lived Experience of Nurses who are Addicted, and Applying this Knowledge to Nurse Educationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBurton, Karen Leeen_US
dc.author.detailsKaren Lee Burton, MS, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor at Weber State University [at time of presentation]. Current email: kburton@nightingale.edu.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152968-
dc.description.abstract[Research Presentation]<br /><br /> Purpose:� The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experience of nurses who are addicted to drugs, and then take this knowledge and more effectively teach the subject to nursing students. Nurse drug abuse and addiction is a topic of serious concern in nursing.� Some ambivalence related to discussing nurse drug abuse still exists among nurses and nurse educators. Many people choose to ignore the issue, excusing it as somebody else's problem.� Nursing students may view the problem as something that affects others, but will never affect them. Having a better understanding of the lived experience of nurses that are addicted may help guide these students in understanding the reality of drug addiction in the profession.� Nursing students, nurses, and nurse educators can all benefit from this type of personal information and insight from the view of nurse addicts.<br /><br />Methods:� In this qualitative study, interviews were conducted exploring the lived experiences of nurses who are addicted. Observation techniques were also employed. Data analysis was then completed and themes were identified that were common among the participants in the study.<br /><br />Results:� The study provides insight into the way actual nurse addicts feel about their addictions, and how they experience life as recovering addicts. Five themes have been identified and are as follows:� 1) Drug addiction decreases self-esteem; 2) Fear related to drug use; 3) Control issues with excessive working; 4) Belief it would never happen to them; and 5) Hope and desire to have their experience help others <br /><br />Conclusion: Nurse addiction is often a dark, secretive subject that is ignored. This study brings the subject to light, and will hopefully change educators? perceptions of nurse addiction. Then educators can take a more accurate perspective on nurse addiction and incorporate them into their curricula.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:57:05Z-
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:57:05Z-
dc.conference.date2011-
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.locationCancun, Mexicoen
dc.description22nd International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Leading the Global Practice-Research Interface in the New Millennium. Held 11-14 July, 2011, at the Universal/Expo Center, Cancun, Mexico.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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