After the parade: Military nurses’ reintegration experiences from the iraq and afghanistan wars

Mary Ellen Doherty, Elizabeth Scannell-Desch

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Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to describe reintegration experiences of U.S. military nurses returning from deployments in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A qualitative study using a phenomenological method was conducted. The population comprised nurses who served in the U.S. Army, Navy, or Air Force in Iraq or Afghanistan during 2003-2013, including Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve nurses. Purposive sampling with Veteran and professional nursing organizations yielded a sample of 35 nurses. Nine themes emerged from analysis: (a) homecoming; (b) renegotiating roles; (c) painful memories of trauma; (d) getting help; (e) needing a clinical change of scenery; (f) petty complaints and trivial whining; (g) military unit or civilian job: support versus lack of support; (h) family and social networks: support versus lack of support; and (i) reintegration: a new normal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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