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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161504
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Transcending the Self to Build Connections of Love and Support
Abstract:
Transcending the Self to Build Connections of Love and Support
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2003
Author:Schweitzer, Roberta
Contact Address:2001B Ashley Woods Dr, Westfield, IN, 46074, USA
Purpose: As medical science has produced new technology, medications, and surgical procedures, life span has lengthened. Along with this, many issues related to quality of life have surfaced: loss of friends and family, life beyond retirement, loss of independence, and life with chronic illness. Women are especially vulnerable to these issues. The purpose of this paper is to present the wisdom and experience of spirited elderly women related to how they have found inner strength to "keep going", and to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Conceptual Foundation: Watson’s Theory of Human Caring (1979) is a framework for exploring the significance of spiritual factors in developing/maintaining well being in older women with chronic illness. Caring must be interpersonal - involving building of connections and relationships with others in order to achieve a higher meaning in life through these relationships. Subjects: The study sample consisted of twenty three (23) women over the age of 65, who had the characteristics of being “strong and spirited”. Methods: Focus group methodology was used. Each group of women was asked to share a brief life review, and the meaning of inner strength and spirit in their lives. Guiding questions were used to facilitate sharing of information. Responses were clarified and validated as appropriate. Sessions were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using Colaizzi's method. Results: Several themes resulted from this study. This presentation focuses on: Transcending the “Self” to Build Connections of Love and Support. Conclusions: The experiences of these elderly women leave a legacy for others who are coping with chronic illness and quality of life issues. Findings contribute to development of quality of life enhancing nursing interventions. This knowledge also gives nurses a richer, deeper view of the more transcendent aspects of how elderly women live with inner strength. AN: MN030359
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.titleTranscending the Self to Build Connections of Love and Supporten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161504-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Transcending the Self to Build Connections of Love and Support</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">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schweitzer, Roberta</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">2001B Ashley Woods Dr, Westfield, IN, 46074, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: As medical science has produced new technology, medications, and surgical procedures, life span has lengthened. Along with this, many issues related to quality of life have surfaced: loss of friends and family, life beyond retirement, loss of independence, and life with chronic illness. Women are especially vulnerable to these issues. The purpose of this paper is to present the wisdom and experience of spirited elderly women related to how they have found inner strength to &quot;keep going&quot;, and to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Conceptual Foundation: Watson&rsquo;s Theory of Human Caring (1979) is a framework for exploring the significance of spiritual factors in developing/maintaining well being in older women with chronic illness. Caring must be interpersonal - involving building of connections and relationships with others in order to achieve a higher meaning in life through these relationships. Subjects: The study sample consisted of twenty three (23) women over the age of 65, who had the characteristics of being &ldquo;strong and spirited&rdquo;. Methods: Focus group methodology was used. Each group of women was asked to share a brief life review, and the meaning of inner strength and spirit in their lives. Guiding questions were used to facilitate sharing of information. Responses were clarified and validated as appropriate. Sessions were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using Colaizzi's method. Results: Several themes resulted from this study. This presentation focuses on: Transcending the &ldquo;Self&rdquo; to Build Connections of Love and Support. Conclusions: The experiences of these elderly women leave a legacy for others who are coping with chronic illness and quality of life issues. Findings contribute to development of quality of life enhancing nursing interventions. This knowledge also gives nurses a richer, deeper view of the more transcendent aspects of how elderly women live with inner strength. AN: MN030359 </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:22:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:22:26Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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