Open Access Nursing the Social Wound: Public Health Nurses' Experiences of Screening for Woman Abuse Panser la blessure sociale : l'expérience des infirmières de la santé publique en matière de dépistage des cas de violence conjugale

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The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of public health nurses (PHNs) who screen for woman abuse within their clinical practice. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 11 PHNs. There was a great deal of variability in participants' level of experience in working with abused women. The results reveal that nurse readiness is an important factor in screening for woman abuse. The authors describe a number of steps participants appeared to grapple with in order to become comfortable working with abused women, including coming to terms with abuse, asking the question, bearing witness, and "walking with" the client. As the PHN became increasingly comfortable working with abused women, she came to redefine success. Her client's personal growth over time, rather than the single act of leaving an abusive relationship, now defined a successful client interaction. The authors also discuss implications for practice that arise from these accounts.

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Le projet avait pour but de décrire l'expérience des infirmières de la santé publique (ISP) chargées de dépister les cas de violence conjugale dans le cadre de leurs fonctions. Les chercheuses ont mené des entrevues en profondeur et semi-structurées auprès de onze ISP dont le degré d'expérience en intervention auprès des femmes victimes de violence variait largement. Elles constatent que la préparation constitue un facteur important en matière de dépistage. Elles décrivent les étapes que semblent traverser les infirmières avant de se sentir à l'aise dans leur rôle : se faire à l'idée que la violence existe; soulever la question; rendre témoignage; « accompagner » la cliente. Au fur et à mesure qu'elles apprivoisent leur rôle, les ISP en viennent à redéfinir en quoi consiste le succès. Pour elles, une interaction réussie se mesure désormais à la croissance personnelle des clientes sur une certaine période, plutôt qu'au seul fait de quitter le conjoint violent. Les auteures présentent les conséquences de ces observations pour l'exercice des soins infirmiers

Keywords: MASS SCREENING; NURSING; NURSING RESEARCH; SPOUSE ABUSE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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