A Demographic, Quantitative, and Qualitative Survey

Dear Military Nurse Colleague:  We are 2 nurse researchers conducting a study about nurses who have returned from deployment in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.  I am a retired military nurse who served for 25 years on active duty.  We are very interested in your experiences in caring for trauma patients, both coalition forces, enemy forces, and non-combatants caught in the crossfire of war.  We hope you will choose to participate in our survey.  We want to explore how this experience might have changed your life and outlook toward your future.  
Thank you, Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN, FAAN (Col, USAF, NC (ret.) and Mary Ellen Doherty, PhD, RN, CNM

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* 1. How old are you?

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* 2. Are you:

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* 3. Current occupation:

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* 4. What is your race/ethnicity?

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* 5. What was your original RN nursing program?

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* 6. What is your highest level of education?

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* 7. How many years did you serve in the military?

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* 8. Which branch of the military did you serve in?

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* 9. Are you currently in the military?

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* 10. Are you retired from the military?

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* 11. Where were you deployed?

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* 12. In what type of healthcare unit did you spend most of your time working while deployed?

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* 13. Prior to deployment, in what type of healthcare unit did you
work as an RN?

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* 14. After deployment, in what type of healthcare unit did you work as an RN?

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth involves positive changes in a health care provider's life due to
caring for patients who were traumatized.  Posttraumatic growth goes beyond resilience. A
person's development in some areas surpasses what was present prior to the challenge of
handling the difficult situation or crisis.
                       
                                                                     
    POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH INVENTORY

Indicate for each of the statements below the degree to which this change occurred in your life as a 
result of the crisis or disaster, using the following scale.

0 = I did not experience this change as a result of my crisis.

1 = I experienced this change to a very small degree as a result of my crisis.

2 = I experienced this change to a small degree as a result of my crisis.

3 = I experienced this change to a moderate degree as a result of my crisis.

4 = I experienced this change to a great degree as a result of my crisis.

5 = I experienced this change to a very great degree as a result of my crisis.

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* 15. I changed my priorities about what is important in life.

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* 16. I have a greater appreciation for the value of my own life.

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* 17. I developed new interests.

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* 18. I have a greater feeling of self-reliance.

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* 19. I have a better understanding of spiritual matters.

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* 20. I more clearly see that I can count on people in times of
trouble.

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* 21. I established a new path for my life.

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* 22. I have a greater sense of closeness with others.

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* 23. I am more willing to express my emotions.

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* 24. I know better that I can handle difficulties.

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* 25. I am able to do better things with my life.

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* 26. I am better able to accept the way things work out.

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* 27. I can better appreciate each day.

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* 28. New opportunities are available which wouldn't have been
otherwise.

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* 29. I have more compassion for others.

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* 30. I put more effort into my relationships.

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* 31. I am more likely to try to change things which need changing.

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* 32. I have a stronger religious faith.

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* 33. I discovered that I'm stronger than I thought I was.

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* 34. I learned a great deal about how wonderful people are.

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* 35. I better accept needing others.

CORE BELIEFS INVENTORY

 *Some events that people experience are so powerful that they ‘shake their world’ and lead them to
seriously examine core beliefs about the world, other people, themselves and their future.

Instructions and individual items in the CORE BELIEFS INVENTORY:  Please reflect upon the event about which you are reporting and indicate the extent to which it led you to seriously examine each of the following core beliefs.

Responses are on a six-point scale (0-5): not at all (0); to a very small degree (1); to a small degree (2); to a moderate degree (3); to a great degree (4); and to a very great degree (5).

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* 36. Because of the event, I seriously examined the degree to which I believe things that happen to people are fair.

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* 37. Because of the event, I seriously examined the degree to which I believe things that happen to people are controllable.

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* 38. Because of the event, I seriously examined my assumptions
concerning why other people think and behave the way they do.

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* 39. Because of the event, I seriously examined my beliefs about my relationships with other people.

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* 40. Because of the event, I seriously examined my beliefs about my own abilities, strengths and weaknesses.

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* 41. Because of the event, I seriously examined my beliefs about my expectations for my future.

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* 42. Because of the event, I seriously examined my beliefs about the meaning of life.

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* 43. Because of the event, I seriously examined my spiritual and
religious beliefs.

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* 44. Because of the event, I seriously examined my beliefs about my own value or worth as a person.

QUALITATIVE SURVEY QUESTIONS

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* 45. Have you had any experiences during deployment or
reintegration that you would consider to be ‘post-traumatic
growth’?  If so, please describe your experiences.

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* 46. Have your relationships changed in any way with family and
friends?

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* 47. Do you have an increased sense of compassion or feel altruism
towards others?

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* 48. Has your view of yourself changed in any way?

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* 49. Have you experienced any changes in your philosophy of life?

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* 50. Is there anything else you would like to tell me?

Post Traumatic Growth Inventory* In reciprocation: There is no charge for the reproduction of the
scale for use in research. In reciprocation, the authors request a gratis copy of any manuscripts,
theses, dissertations, research reports, preprints, and publications using the PTGI. Both L.G.
Calhoun and R.G. Tedeschi can be contacted at: Department of Psychology-UNC Charlotte in
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223, USA.

*The Core Beliefs Inventory may be used for research at no charge.  In reciprocation, the seven
authors request a gratis copy of any manuscripts, theses, dissertations, research reports,
preprints, publications in which the CBI is used.  Contact the Department of Psychology at
University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

 

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