Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




This project develops a model for community health nurses to use to connect with African American street sex workers. Women involved in street prostitution are not only marginalized by society, but also healthcare systems. In understanding the importance of building relationships and rapport with women involved in street sex work I chose to use Reiki and a spiritually attuned environment to interact with a group of women. A support group unfolded as well as a bond I created with the participants that helped to bridge the gap for the women between them and health care systems, legal and government organizations. A model for community health nurses to use to build connectedness with marginalized populations was created. Using foundations of Jean Watson's ten Caritas Processes, I formulated the Ten Cosmic Elements within a symbol of a Mandala which helped identify the process in which connectedness is created.


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Nursing Commons