Group dream work: a holistic resource for oncology nurses.

Marlene Zichi Cohen, Mickey Bumbaugh

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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To explore dream work as a possible means for nurses to increase self-understanding and problem solving in personal and professional life. DESIGN: Hermeneutic phenomenologic, descriptive, and interpretive. SETTING: A comprehensive cancer center in the southern United States. SAMPLE: Six nurses with a mean age of 40 and 1-10 years of oncology nursing experience. METHODS: Interviews, guided by descriptive and interpretive phenomenology, were conducted with nurses before and one and six months after they participated in eight weekly sessions of a group focused on dream work. Phenomenologic analysis was done on verbatim transcriptions of all interviews. FINDINGS: Nurses found value in participating in dream groups, including having more open discussions about feelings and death, managing difficult situations, and attending to patients in the present. CONCLUSIONS: The value of learning to attend to dreams may be subtle but has value to nurses. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Incorporating dream work is one holistic intervention that may be useful to improve job satisfaction, communication, and relationships in this time of nursing shortage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-824
Number of pages8
JournalOncology nursing forum
Volume31
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004

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Cohen, M. Z., & Bumbaugh, M. (2004). Group dream work: a holistic resource for oncology nurses. Oncology nursing forum, 31(4), 817-824.

Group dream work : a holistic resource for oncology nurses. / Cohen, Marlene Zichi; Bumbaugh, Mickey.

In: Oncology nursing forum, Vol. 31, No. 4, 01.07.2004, p. 817-824.

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Cohen, MZ & Bumbaugh, M 2004, 'Group dream work: a holistic resource for oncology nurses.', Oncology nursing forum, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 817-824.
Cohen, Marlene Zichi ; Bumbaugh, Mickey. / Group dream work : a holistic resource for oncology nurses. In: Oncology nursing forum. 2004 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 817-824.
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