Master of Science (MS)
Objective: Identification of barriers to assessment of interpersonal violence (IPV) in pregnant women. Design: An exploratory descriptive study Setting: The labor and delivery department of a public county hospital Participants: 34 nurses, representing 8 cultures and 13 native languages, completed the survey, and 34 laboring patient's medical records were reviewed. Main Outcome Measures: Any specific barriers, identified by nurses, to assessing for IPV in laboring patients Results: Medical record review revealed 50% assessment rate in labor triage patients. Survey results revealed that cultural identity (85 %) was not a significant barrier. Approximately 65% of nurses agreed that in their culture it was acceptable to ask patients about IPV. Over 88% of nurses stated their culture strongly supported asking about IPV. Over 50% of nurses identified language as the single most prevalent barrier in both US and non-US born nurses. Conclusion: Labor nurse's cultural identity, in itself, was not a barrier to the assessment for IPV. A nurse's inability to speak the same language as the patient emerged as the single most significant barrier in the assessment for IPV in this study.
Smith, Ramona Nichols, "Cultural Identity of Labor and Delivery Nurses In the Assessment of Pregnant Patients For Interpersonal Violence" (2006). Master's Projects. 817.