The meaning of oncology nursing: a phenomenological investigation.

M. Z. Cohen, M. R. Haberman, R. Steeves

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PURPOSE: To describe the method used in a multisite study of the meaning of oncology nursing from the oncology nurses' perspectives. DESIGN: Multi-institutional, descriptive, qualitative. SETTING: Six sites in different regions of the United States; rural and urban cancer and noncancer centers. SAMPLE: 38 oncology nurses (mean age = 35 years; average time in nursing = 10 years and in oncology = 7 years; 47% bachelor's degree in nursing, 29% diploma, 13% associate degree in nursing, and 11% master's prepared). METHODS: Phenomenological; content analysis of interviews. FINDINGS: Nurses' experiences in caring for people with cancer have many similarities despite the differences among these nurses or their work settings. These similarities are described in this supplement. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Many nurses said they had not described their experiences to interested listeners before. Providing these descriptions helped the nurses to see their work in new ways and led some of them to make changes in their personal and professional lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalOncology nursing forum
Issue number8 Suppl
StatePublished - Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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