A phenomenological study of becoming and being an environmentally 'woke' nurse
Terry, L, Bowman, K and West, R (2019). A phenomenological study of becoming and being an environmentally 'woke' nurse. Nursing Outlook.
|Authors||Terry, L, Bowman, K and West, R|
Background: Increasing numbers of nurses view environmental activism as part of their role. No studies have explored the reasons.
Aim: This study aimed to identify what awakened and shaped US and UK nurses’ environmental activism.
Methods: Forty nurses were recruited in 2017 using purposive sampling (USA n = 23, UK n = 17). Four focus groups were followed by individual interviews. Iterative, fully-immersive phenomenological analysis was conducted with corroboration of themes and a final ‘shared horizon’.
Discussion: Participants described ‘lightbulb’ events whereby they recognized environmental threats to people and the planet. Their nursing-centered values of social justice, generational fairness and alleviating suffering underpinned a shared belief in their ability to help mitigate those threats. They believed it was their duty as nurses to take action on behalf of individuals, communities and the planet. Their nursing skillset makes for effective leadership and environmental activism.
|Keywords||Environmental health; Ethics; Gadamerian hermaneutic phenomenology; Nurses; Environmental activism; Social justice|
|28 May 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||01 May 2019|
|Accepted||28 Apr 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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