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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153943
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Experiences of Nurses Volunteering in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Abstract:
Experiences of Nurses Volunteering in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Ulmer, Deborah L., PhD, (education), PhD, (nursing), MEd, RN
P.I. Institution Name:John Tyler Community College
Title:Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to identify obstacles nurses faced and overcame after they decided to volunteer in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Methods: Snowball sampling was used to identify 11 nurses who volunteered in disaster relief of Katrina. Each nurse participated in a 60-90 minute taped interview. The Stevick-Colaizzi-Keen method reported by Moustakas (1994) was applied to arrive at a final composite textural-structural description of the essences of the experience. Member checking was used to validate meanings. Results: Three themes emerged specific to the obstacles the volunteer nurses had to overcome after they made the decision to volunteer: family, work and organizations. The willingness and persistence required to overcome these obstacles is important to understanding how meaningful and significant the nurses expected the experience to be in their lives and how important their commitment to volunteer was to them. Four themes emerged from the analysis of the nurses? experiences after deciding to volunteer: obstacles encountered getting there, improvising, leaving and remembering. Conclusion: Nurses will continue to volunteer in global disasters. The stories of the nurses in this study provide evidence that nurses expect to be supported in their decisions to volunteer and expect to be put to work appropriately in the field of operations. Further, evidence indicates that these experiences are life changing for the volunteer nurses. A better understanding by relief agencies of the motivations and capabilities of the volunteer nurses could produce more effective results in the disaster situations, and more satisfying experiences for the nurses. Reference: Moustakas, C. (1994). Phenomenological research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExperiences of Nurses Volunteering in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrinaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153943-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Experiences of Nurses Volunteering in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ulmer, Deborah L., PhD, (education), PhD, (nursing), MEd, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">John Tyler Community College</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor and Program Coordinator</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dulmer@jtcc.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to identify obstacles nurses faced and overcame after they decided to volunteer in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Methods: Snowball sampling was used to identify 11 nurses who volunteered in disaster relief of Katrina. Each nurse participated in a 60-90 minute taped interview. The Stevick-Colaizzi-Keen method reported by Moustakas (1994) was applied to arrive at a final composite textural-structural description of the essences of the experience. Member checking was used to validate meanings. Results: Three themes emerged specific to the obstacles the volunteer nurses had to overcome&nbsp;after they made the decision&nbsp;to volunteer: family, work and organizations. The willingness and persistence required to overcome these obstacles is important to understanding how meaningful and significant the nurses expected the experience to be in their lives and how important their commitment to volunteer was to them. Four themes emerged from the analysis of the nurses? experiences after deciding to volunteer: obstacles encountered getting there, improvising, leaving and remembering. Conclusion: Nurses will continue to volunteer in global disasters. The stories of the nurses in this study provide evidence that nurses expect to be supported in their decisions to volunteer and expect to be put to work appropriately in the field of operations. Further, evidence indicates that these experiences are life changing for the volunteer nurses. A better understanding by relief agencies of the motivations and capabilities of the volunteer nurses could produce more effective results in the disaster situations, and more satisfying experiences for the nurses. Reference: Moustakas, C. (1994). Phenomenological research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:37:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:37:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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