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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160152
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Spirited Women: Reaching Out to Transcend the Self
Abstract:
Spirited Women: Reaching Out to Transcend the Self
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Indiana University-Kokomo
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 2001B Ashley Woods Drive, Westfield, IN, 46074, USA
Contact Telephone:765-455-9326
Purpose: In recent years, medical science has developed new
technology, improved medications, and sophisticated medical-surgical
treatments. While increasing life span, these innovations also bring
issues related to quality of life: life beyond retirement, loss of friends
and family, loss of independence, and life with chronic illness. Elder
women are especially vulnerable to such issues. The purpose of this paper
is to highlight the wisdom and experiences of spirited elder women, and
ways they develop inner strength to "keep going" while finding meaning and
purpose in their lives. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework: In WatsonÆs
Theory of Human Caring (1997), transpersonal caring relationships move
beyond the self to deeper connections with the spirit that tap into
healing possibilities and potentials. Use of this theory enhances
exploration of elder women's experiences in building connections and
relationships with others to achieve meaning and purpose in life.
Subjects: The purposive convenience sample includes 7 groups totaling 35
elder women identified as "strong" or "spirited". Each woman was
experiencing one or more chronic health or illness concerns. Method: Focus
group methodology was used. Women in seven focus groups shared a brief
life review, and the meaning of inner strength and spirit in their lives.
Guiding questions were used to facilitate sharing; responses were
clarified and validated as necessary. Each group interview was audio taped
and transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using Colaizzi's method. Results:
Of several themes resulting from this study, this paper focuses on the
theme, "Reaching Out to Others: Transcending the Self" Conclusions:
Experiences of these elder women are a legacy for others coping with
chronic illness and quality of life issues. Findings will contribute to
development of nursing interventions enhancing quality of life, as well as
giving nurses a richer, deeper view of one of the important ways women
live with inner strength.
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.titleSpirited Women: Reaching Out to Transcend the Selfen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160152-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Spirited Women: Reaching Out to Transcend the Self</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">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Indiana University-Kokomo</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">School of Nursing, 2001B Ashley Woods Drive, Westfield, IN, 46074, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">765-455-9326</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">roschwei@iuk.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: In recent years, medical science has developed new <br/> technology, improved medications, and sophisticated medical-surgical <br/> treatments. While increasing life span, these innovations also bring <br/> issues related to quality of life: life beyond retirement, loss of friends <br/> and family, loss of independence, and life with chronic illness. Elder <br/> women are especially vulnerable to such issues. The purpose of this paper <br/> is to highlight the wisdom and experiences of spirited elder women, and <br/> ways they develop inner strength to &quot;keep going&quot; while finding meaning and <br/> purpose in their lives. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework: In Watson&AElig;s <br/> Theory of Human Caring (1997), transpersonal caring relationships move <br/> beyond the self to deeper connections with the spirit that tap into <br/> healing possibilities and potentials. Use of this theory enhances <br/> exploration of elder women's experiences in building connections and <br/> relationships with others to achieve meaning and purpose in life. <br/> Subjects: The purposive convenience sample includes 7 groups totaling 35 <br/> elder women identified as &quot;strong&quot; or &quot;spirited&quot;. Each woman was <br/> experiencing one or more chronic health or illness concerns. Method: Focus <br/> group methodology was used. Women in seven focus groups shared a brief <br/> life review, and the meaning of inner strength and spirit in their lives. <br/> Guiding questions were used to facilitate sharing; responses were <br/> clarified and validated as necessary. Each group interview was audio taped <br/> and transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using Colaizzi's method. Results: <br/> Of several themes resulting from this study, this paper focuses on the <br/> theme, &quot;Reaching Out to Others: Transcending the Self&quot; Conclusions: <br/> Experiences of these elder women are a legacy for others coping with <br/> chronic illness and quality of life issues. Findings will contribute to <br/> development of nursing interventions enhancing quality of life, as well as <br/> giving nurses a richer, deeper view of one of the important ways women <br/> live with inner strength.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:40:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:40:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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