Dedication in a Difficult Context: Faith-Based Nursing in Haiti

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J Christ Nurs. 2021 Apr-Jun 01;38(2):82-91. doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000816.


Haitian nurses live in a precarious environment, with healthcare disparity and low wages. In the presence of significant politico-social-economic disparities, adverse effects of natural disasters, deleterious infrastructure, challenged self-boundaries, and the burden of caring for high-need patients, the authors sought a better understanding of nurses’ perspective of the situation. During qualitative interviews, Haitian nurses in two faith-based hospitals (N = 17) reported feeling powerless yet exhibited resilience and dedication to nursing as a calling. These conditions cry out for support of nurses’ self-care needs. Future interventions may help nurses identify better resources to care for themselves and guide their practice.

PMID:33660643 | DOI:10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000816