“Fighting the Urge to Fight Back: Military Nurse's Care Dilemmas During Deployment”

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308451
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
“Fighting the Urge to Fight Back: Military Nurse's Care Dilemmas During Deployment”
Author(s):
Mastel-Smith, Beth A
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Iota Nu
Author Details:
Beth A Mastel-Smith, BSN, MS, PhD, bethms@swbell.net
Abstract:

Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thousands of military nurses have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to elicit nurses’ experiences and effects of caring for enemy detainees during deployment.  Institutional Review Board approval was obtained, and participants provided signed informed consent.

Recruitment via word of mouth and snowball sampling continued until data saturation occurred. The sample consisted of seven women and three men. The average age was 43; eight participants were White, one was Hispanic, and one African-American. Six were Air Force and four were Army personnel.  Telephone or Skype interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and verified by the researcher. Colaizzi’s seven step process guided data analysis with credibility achieved via bracketing, field notes, multiple coders, and member checks. 

Two themes, caring for insurgent patients and effects of combat nursing and insurgent care, emerged.  Subthemes related to caring for insurgent patients included training to care for insurgents, identification of and interactions with insurgent patients, precautions taken, ethical issues, thoughts and feelings about insurgent patients, coping with realities of war, and meaning of insurgent care.  Subthemes related to effects of combat and insurgent care included mental, emotional, personal, professional, and positive effects. 

Nurses and students must be prepared to provide patient care to societal enemies and undesirable patients. Military nurse insights are advisory to preparation for and provision of this care.  Post-deployment, military nurses require support and accessible services without fear of reprisal.

Future research might explore ethical dilemmas related to care of undesirable patients and the impact on patient care, nurses’ health, and professional practice.  Investigation of nurse-patient relationships in non-traditional care settings might provide insight into a new definition of care, improve care delivery, and affirm nurses’ experiences and responses.  Understanding self-care during deployment and efficacy of identified practices would help future deployed nurses.

Keywords:
phenomenology; military nursing; ethics
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title“Fighting the Urge to Fight Back: Military Nurse's Care Dilemmas During Deployment”en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMastel-Smith, Beth Aen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentIota Nuen_GB
dc.author.detailsBeth A Mastel-Smith, BSN, MS, PhD, bethms@swbell.neten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308451-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013</p>Thousands of military nurses have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to elicit nurses’ experiences and effects of caring for enemy detainees during deployment.  Institutional Review Board approval was obtained, and participants provided signed informed consent. <p>Recruitment via word of mouth and snowball sampling continued until data saturation occurred. The sample consisted of seven women and three men. The average age was 43; eight participants were White, one was Hispanic, and one African-American. Six were Air Force and four were Army personnel.  Telephone or Skype interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and verified by the researcher. Colaizzi’s seven step process guided data analysis with credibility achieved via bracketing, field notes, multiple coders, and member checks.  <p>Two themes, <i>caring for insurgent patients</i> and e<i>ffects of combat nursing and insurgent care</i>, emerged.  Subthemes related to caring for insurgent patients included training to care for insurgents, identification of and interactions with insurgent patients, precautions taken, ethical issues, thoughts and feelings about insurgent patients, coping with realities of war, and meaning of insurgent care.  Subthemes related to effects of combat and insurgent care included mental, emotional, personal, professional, and positive effects.  <p>Nurses and students must be prepared to provide patient care to societal enemies and undesirable patients. Military nurse insights are advisory to preparation for and provision of this care.  Post-deployment, military nurses require support and accessible services without fear of reprisal. <p>Future research might explore ethical dilemmas related to care of undesirable patients and the impact on patient care, nurses’ health, and professional practice.  Investigation of nurse-patient relationships in non-traditional care settings might provide insight into a new definition of care, improve care delivery, and affirm nurses’ experiences and responses.  Understanding self-care during deployment and efficacy of identified practices would help future deployed nurses.en_GB
dc.subjectphenomenologyen_GB
dc.subjectmilitary nursingen_GB
dc.subjectethicsen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:31:33Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:31:33Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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