Date of Award

Summer 6-5-2006

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Twenty years after the Chornobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, the people living in villages affected by Chornobyl in northern Ukraine suffer from poor health status. Compounding the biophysical effects of latent exposure to ionizing radiation, socio-economic instability and psychological stress increase their suffering, The nurses that serve these villages depend on inaccessible physicians to guide them and lack basic medical supplies. The purpose of this transcultural nursing practice project is two-fold: (1)to strengthen nursing caring practices used by village nurses to serve a socially, economically, and environmentally disadvantaged population in Ukrainian villages surrounding Chornobyl; and (2) to enhance village nurses' autonomous caring practices by implementing a theory based transcultural nursing model. As a result, this transcultural nursing practice project will enhance nursing knowledge through praxis (learning through practice) and will improve health outcomes for Ukrainians while facilitating a contemporary understanding of the caring contributions of village nurses in Ukraine.


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