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Life, God, and Help

Resources for Women Who Are Working and Poor

Lucas, Denise; Bischof, Janet; Resick, Lenore

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000614
Feature: research/practice

ABSTRACT: Women who work, yet remain poor and uninsured, struggle to live with limited resources. This phenomenological study interviewed 57 such women, hearing how they turned to God or other help to accomplish the major theme of life, with additional themes of God and help. Findings can guide nurses caring for these women to validate the importance of nonmonetary resources and assist in obtaining essential community resources to meet their needs.

Denise Lucas, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CRNP, FAANP, is an assistant clinical professor of nursing and the chair of Advanced Practice Programs at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a volunteer primary care provider at the Ohio Valley Health Center in Steubenville, which benefits the medically underserved.

Janet Bischof, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CNE is an associate professor of nursing and the program director of the MSN Nursing Administration and Education Specialist Tracks at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, West Virginia. She volunteers at the Ohio Valley Free Clinic in Steubenville, which benefits the medically uninsured.

Lenore Resick, PhD, FNP-BC, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, is a professor and the program director for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program at St. Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania. She has published and presented on community-based wellness model topics.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review: 12/31/18.

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