Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by Rural Public Health Nurses while Working with Families Where Domestic Violence Is Occurring

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159460
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Presentation
Title:
Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by Rural Public Health Nurses while Working with Families Where Domestic Violence Is Occurring
Abstract:
Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by Rural Public Health Nurses while Working with Families Where Domestic Violence Is Occurring
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Evanson, Tracy, PhD, RN, CS
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:CON, P.O. Box 9025, Grand Forks, ND, 58202, USA
Domestic violence (DV) is a significant health problem affecting women and children throughout the world. Although health care providers in all settings encounter victims of DV, there has been minimal research conducted related to the role of public health nurses (PHNs) in DV prevention and intervention. PURPOSE: This presentation will present findings that are part of a larger study that investigated the practice of home-visiting PHNs (both rural and non-rural) when working with families where DV was occurring. The presentation will describe the challenges and opportunities in DV work that were unique to the rural PHN participants. THEORETICAL/CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK: Descriptive phenomenology guided the research. SUBJECTS: Seven expert PHNs, practicing in rural areas. METHOD: Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant to elicit their experiences working with families where DV was occurring. Analysis was conducted using Dahlberg’s descriptive phenomenology approach. RESULTS: The rural PHNs described unique aspects of their practice that were due to the rural nature of the communities in which they worked and lived. The rural PHNs described unique opportunities in their ability to make and maintain contact with families, to assess for DV, to advocate for victims, and to keep perspective about their work. However, living and practicing in rural areas also created unique challenges related to barriers to disclosure of DV, maintaining confidentiality, and establishing and maintaining professional-personal boundaries. CONCLUSIONS: This the first study known to elucidate the unique challenges and opportunities faced by rural home-visiting PHNs when working with families where DV was occurring. The findings can help inform funders and policy makers of rural public health and DV programs about potential practice issues faced by rural home-visiting PHNs. In addition, the findings can provide valuable insights, which might inform educators who are designing DV education programs for rural PHNs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleChallenges and Opportunities Experienced by Rural Public Health Nurses while Working with Families Where Domestic Violence Is Occurringen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159460-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by Rural Public Health Nurses while Working with Families Where Domestic Violence Is Occurring </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Evanson, Tracy, PhD, RN, CS</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">CON, P.O. Box 9025, Grand Forks, ND, 58202, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Domestic violence (DV) is a significant health problem affecting women and children throughout the world. Although health care providers in all settings encounter victims of DV, there has been minimal research conducted related to the role of public health nurses (PHNs) in DV prevention and intervention. PURPOSE: This presentation will present findings that are part of a larger study that investigated the practice of home-visiting PHNs (both rural and non-rural) when working with families where DV was occurring. The presentation will describe the challenges and opportunities in DV work that were unique to the rural PHN participants. THEORETICAL/CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK: Descriptive phenomenology guided the research. SUBJECTS: Seven expert PHNs, practicing in rural areas. METHOD: Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant to elicit their experiences working with families where DV was occurring. Analysis was conducted using Dahlberg&rsquo;s descriptive phenomenology approach. RESULTS: The rural PHNs described unique aspects of their practice that were due to the rural nature of the communities in which they worked and lived. The rural PHNs described unique opportunities in their ability to make and maintain contact with families, to assess for DV, to advocate for victims, and to keep perspective about their work. However, living and practicing in rural areas also created unique challenges related to barriers to disclosure of DV, maintaining confidentiality, and establishing and maintaining professional-personal boundaries. CONCLUSIONS: This the first study known to elucidate the unique challenges and opportunities faced by rural home-visiting PHNs when working with families where DV was occurring. The findings can help inform funders and policy makers of rural public health and DV programs about potential practice issues faced by rural home-visiting PHNs. In addition, the findings can provide valuable insights, which might inform educators who are designing DV education programs for rural PHNs. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:02:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:02:14Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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