Mountains to climb: Male nurses and their perspective on professional impairment
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Chemical dependency is a prevalent problem in nursing as well as society as a whole. This hermeneutic phenomenological (narrative) study focuses on the lived experience of nine male nurses who abused chemical substances in the workplace. The major theme of "person" had three sub-themes of (a) predetermined risk, (b) altered values, and (c) sensation - seeking behaviors. The major theme of "profession" had six sub-themes of (a) masterminding, (b) professional heteronomy, (c) getting caught, (d)rehabilitation, (e) spirituality, and (f) the nurse becomes the nursed. Study findings include gender-specific drug use patterns and insight into the caring philosophy of nursing.
Dittman, Patricia, "Mountains to climb: Male nurses and their perspective on professional impairment" (2012). College of Nursing Faculty Articles. 25.