The purpose of this article is to amplify the results section of a grounded theory study on how men in nursing view and experience intention, intentionality, caring, and healing. This is the second grounded theory study addressing intentionality in healing. The first study included a female population. The theory that was generated—Intentionality: The Matrix of Healing (IMH)—is examined with these new data. The results are compared with issues generally faced by men in nursing and how they described their beliefs and experiences with intentionality and healing. The theory (IMH) is supported; the importance of action in this cohort was an additional emphasis. This article provides an expanded view of men in nursing and their experiences as nurses and with intentionality, caring, and healing and has implications for the development of holistic nursing theory as well.
University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, Amherst.
Correspondence: Rothlyn P. Zahourek, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC, Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, Amherst, 23 Lake Dr, Belchertown, MA 01007 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I wish to acknowledge the support of Joan P. Roche, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC; Mary Anne Bright, RN, EdD, PMHCNS, CBT; and Carla Mariano, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAIM. Potential reviewers: Rossano Locsin RN, PhD; Ruth McCaffery, ND, ARNP-BC.
The author has disclosed that she have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.