Learning Objective 1: describe how the inability to communicate through oral and written communication impacts nurse and patient interaction.
Learning Objective 2: discuss specific challenges to using the nursing process in patient care in a military trauma hospital.
Methods: The grounded theory method of Corbin & Strauss will be used to analyze interviews with military nurses who have deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and who have used interpreters to communicate with their patients. Purposive sampling will be used to recruit nurses who have knowledge of the phenomenon. Upon obtaining informed consent, the researchers will conduct semi-structured individual interviews. The transcripts of those interviews will be coded and key elements of the phenomenon categorized in order to formulate a substantive theory of how nurses organize their care when interpreters are used for communicating with patients.
Results: This study is on-going and final results are not yet available.
Conclusion: No conclusions have yet been drawn from the data.