Stigma reported by nurses related to those experiencing drug and alcohol dependency : a phemonenological study

Lovi, Renee & Barr, Jennieffer A. (2009) Stigma reported by nurses related to those experiencing drug and alcohol dependency : a phemonenological study. Contemporary Nurse : Health Care Across the Lifespan, 33(2), pp. 166-178.

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Alcohol and drug dependency is a widespread health and social issue encountered by registered nurses in contemporary practice. A study aiming to describe the experiences of registered nurses working in an alcohol and drug unit in South East Queensland was implemented. Data were analysed via Giorgi’s phenomenological method and an unexpected but significant finding highlighted the frustration felt by registered nurses regarding experiences of stigma they identified in their daily work encounters. Secondary analysis confirmed the phenomenon of stigma with three themes: (1) inappropriate judgement; (2) advocacy; and (3) education. Resultantly, findings concluded registered nurses’ working in this field need to become advocates for their clients, ensuring professional conduct is upheld at all times. This paper recommends that stigma could be addressed by incorporating alcohol and other drug dependency subjects and clinical placements into the curriculum of the Bachelor of Nursing degrees, and in-services for all practising registered nurses.

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ID Code: 32087
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Alcohol, Drugs, Phenomenology, Stigma, Nursing
ISSN: 1037-6178
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 03 May 2010 22:00
Last Modified: 03 May 2010 22:00

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