Two male nurses' experiences of caring for female patients after intimate partner violence : a South African perspective

Show simple item record Van Wyk, Neltjie C. Van der Wath, Anna Elizabeth 2015-09-10T05:22:00Z 2015-09-10T05:22:00Z 2015-02
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : South Africa is perceived to be one of the countries with the worst reputation regarding the occurrence of intimate partner violence. The women who suffer from serious physical injuries are admitted to emergency care units and their first contact with health care is through the nurses in these units. Emergency care nurses become secondary victims of violence due to their exposure to the pain of assaulted patients. Female nurses tend to identify with these patients as some nurses are in similar relationships. Not much research has been done on the challenges that male nurses face when they are confronted with abuse of women inflicted by males. METHODOLOGY : In this case study with a phenomenological research methodology two African male emergency care nurses were interviewed. FINDINGS : The participants experienced a dichotomy of being-in-nursing and being-in-society and had been confronted with the conflicting roles of being men (the same sex as the perpetrators) and being nurses (the carer of the victim). They tried to manage the situation by using the ‘self’ to care for the patient and to be a problem solver for the patient and her partner or husband. CONCLUSION : The authors conclude that society expects men not to be in a caring profession and nursing is still a female-dominated caring profession that finds it difficult to move away from its engendered and caring image. The participants experienced role conflict when they took care of female patients who have suffered intimate partner violence. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-08-31 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Neltjie van Wyk & Annatjie van der Wath (2015) Two male nurses’ experiences of caring for female patients after intimate partner violence: a South African perspective, Contemporary Nurse, 50:1, 94-103, DOI:10.1080/10376178.2015.1010254. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1037-6178 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1839-3535 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/10376178.2015.1010254
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Taylor & Francis.This is an electronic version of an article published in Contemporary Nurse, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 94-103, 2015. doi : 10.1080/10376178.2015.1010254. Contemporary Nurse is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Intimate partner violence (IPV) en_ZA
dc.subject Male nurses en_ZA
dc.subject Phenomenological study en_ZA
dc.subject Caring image of nursing en_ZA
dc.title Two male nurses' experiences of caring for female patients after intimate partner violence : a South African perspective en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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