Military Nurses Caring for the Enemy

Sharon Thompson,, Beth Mastel-Smith,, Gloria Duke,, Barbara Haas,, Shellye Vardaman,, Susan Yarbrough,
2014 International journal for human caring  
Purpose: This phenomenological study described the lived experience and aftermath of U.S. military nurses assigned enemy detainees during Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Two themes emerged: Insurgent Assignments (subthemes included identification of and interactions with insurgents; training, precautions, and ethical issues, thoughts and feelings, coping, and meanings of insurgent care) and The Aftermath (subthemes were mental, emotional, personal, professional, and
more » ... . Conclusions: Insurgent assignments caused ethical dilemmas and challenged theoretical constructs related to caring. Formal training is needed to prepare nurses for the practicalities of and responses to insurgent assignments.
doi:10.20467/1091-5710.18.2.61 fatcat:gc4rxtbqqbhpfox6r62lzcnzom