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Narrative Inquiry Into Shelter-Seeking by Women With a History of Repeated Incarceration: Research and Nursing Practice Implications

Emerson, Amanda Marie, PhD (English), PhD (Nursing), RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000216
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Nurses who provide care in the community to women with a history of repeated incarceration may struggle to understand the full extent of the barriers faced by this population and as a result risk giving suboptimal care to an already underserved group. This narrative inquiry study of stories told by 10 women with histories of repeated incarceration fulfilled 2 purposes: to demonstrate how women's shelter-seeking stories exposed uniquely complex patterns of health opportunity and risk and to demonstrate how storytelling might serve as an informative mode of nursing health assessment for this population.

School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Correspondence: Amanda Marie Emerson, PhD (English, Nursing), RN, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2464 Charlotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108 (

The author gratefully acknowledges Megha Ramas-wamy, PhD, MPH, and Joi Wickliffe, MPH, for their contributions to data collection and analysis in this project. She is also thankful for the generosity and resilience of the 10 strong women who shared their stories in hopes of improving conditions for others.

The author was supported by a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute study, R01CA181047 (PI: M. Ramaswamy). The funding agency had no role in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; or the decision to submit the report for publication.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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