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Mount Saint Mary College Authors

Division of Nursing

ARTICLES

Title:The lived experience of women military nurses in Vietnam during the Vietnam war
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, v28, n2, 1996, p119-124
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Title:Images and relationships forged in war: a study of women nurses who served in Vietnam
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, v37, n8, 1999, p32-42
Abstract:Remembrance of visual images and other sensations of war lasts a long time after the war is over, and those memories may be painful and disruptive for years. Training of military nurses and other health care personnel for war or disaster response should emphasize lessons learned from past wars and disasters. Curricula to meet the clinical and psychological challenges of war and disaster nursing will better prepare those who serve, and will lead to a more realistic understanding of situational demands and expectations.
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Title:The culture of war: A study of women military nurses in Vietnam
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Transcultural Nursing, v11, n2, 2000, p87-95
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Title:Hardships and personal strategies of Vietnam War nurses
Authors:
Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
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Western Journal of Nursing Research, v22, n5, 2000, p526-545, 548-550
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Women's adjustment to widowhood: Theory, Research, and Interventions
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, v41, n5, 2003, p28-35, 44-45
Abstract:People respond differently to loss and grieve in their own time. Frequently, the hardest time for new widows is after the funeral. Young widows often have no peer group and generally are less prepared emotionally and practically than older widows to cope with the loss. Widowhood often causes financial stress because a major income source is lost with the death of a husband.
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Title:Mid-life widows' narratives of support and non-support
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, v43, n4, 2005, p40-49
Abstract:People who simply listened and did not try to give unsolicited advice or control the conversation were perceived by mid-life widows as "supportive listeners." Nurses are in pivotal roles to educate and influence others about the grieving process. Nurses can serve as advocates for widows in using, and teaching others to use, therapeutic communication. Each widow's experience and grieving trajectory is unique.


Title:Lessons learned and advice from Vietnam War nurses
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Advanced Nursing, v49, n6, 2005, p601-607
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to describe guidance for nurses today from the lessons learned by nurses who served in the Vietnam War.There is little research focusing on nursesí experiences in the Vietnam War. Lessons learned and subsequent advice from nurses who served in Vietnam may be helpful to those serving in current and future wars.A Husserlian phenomenological approach was taken, using interviews with a purposive sample of Registered Nurses who were female, and had served in the United States of America armed forces in Vietnam during the war.Seven theme clusters described the lesson learned and guidance offered by the Vietnam War nurses: advice about journaling, training, caring for yourself, use of support systems, talking about your experiences, understanding the mission, and lack of preparation for war.Much can be learned from the lessons learned and advice given by Vietnam War nurses. These lessons stress that nurses need to take a pro-active role in preparing themselves for deployment to a war zone, and that institutional training for war needs to be intensive and realistic. The environmental, cultural, technological, clinical and psychosocial demands of war nursing need to be comprehensively addressed before nurses deploy to a war.

Title:Prebereavement and postbereavement struggles and triumphs of midlife widows
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, v7, n1, 2005, p15-22
Abstract:Most widowhood research focuses on women more than 60 years old. A woman's experience and issues may be quite different when widowhood occurs at a younger age. This manuscript describes prebereavement and postbereavement struggles and triumphs of widowhood as defined by 10 midlife widows, aged 35 to 60 years. This was one aspect of a larger study that asked the general question, What is the lived experience of midlife widows? Purposive sampling was used, and data were generated using seven broad open-ended questions and in-depth face-to-face interviews. The research method was phenomenology, incorporating data analysis procedures of Colaizzi and the constant comparative method. Five struggling and two triumph theme clusters were identified. This study found that providing care at home was preferred by women whose husbands were chronically or terminally ill; and that juggling family responsibilities and financing care were primary struggles for these women. Widows whose husbands died unexpectedly and suddenly, as well as widows whose husbands died from chronic or terminal illnesses, struggled with worrying about their family's future, emotional health, and the financial impact of their loss. Triumphs were described in terms of individual personal triumphs and family or environmental triumphs. Most widows were surprised by their own resiliency.

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Title:The lived experience of widowhood during pregnancy
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, v53, n2, 2008, p103-109
Abstract:Approximately 7 million women in the United States become widows each year. It is not known how many women are pregnant at the time of their husband's death. This study describes the lived experience of widowhood during pregnancy as defined by 10 widows whose husbands were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or while they served in the US military during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Title:Experiences of U.S. military nurses in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 2003-2009
Authors:Mary Ellen Doherty, Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Nursing Scholarship , v42, n1, 2010, p3-12
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to describe the lived experience of U.S. military nurses who served in Iraq or Afghanistan during the war years 2003 to 2009, and life after returning from war.

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Title:Women's health and hygiene experiences during deployment to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 2003 through 2010
Authors:Mary Ellen Doherty, Elizabeth Scannell-Desch
Periodical:Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, v57, n2, 2012, p172-177
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to describe women's health and hygiene experiences during their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan during the war years, 2003 through 2010.

BOOKS

Title:Nurses in war : voices from Iraq and Afghanistan
Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, Mary Ellen Doherty
Publisher:Springer, 2012
Edition:1st

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