Heavy Burdens

Ethical Issues Faced by Military Nurses During a War

Deborah J. Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN; Patricia Watts Kelley, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN


Online J Issues Nurs. 2020;24(3) 

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Initial coding of the qualitative data occurred with a coding framework that was developed during a research team meeting following a detailed discussion and agreement by the entire team. All transcripts were reviewed, discussed and coded consistent with code definitions. For this article, the code and quotations for "ethical, moral, political challenge" were extracted and text then analyzed and synthesized into the above themes. This required interpretive syntheses and it is possible that some bias may have been introduced. However, this was mitigated by the use of "bracketing" during synthesis. Every attempt was made to ensure that themes remained as close as possible to the intent of the nurse participant descriptions. Additionally, results, though comprehensive for the context of this study, are not generalizable to nursing in all war scenarios.