Qualitative study of the lived experiences of mental health nurses with a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Are you a mental health nurse who has experienced your own Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

Chantell Dunlop, RPN, a Brandon University Masters of Psychiatric Nursing Student, is conducting research related to mental health nurse’s own experiences with ACEs and their mental health nursing career.  Research will be conducted over Microsoft Teams interviews.  If you are interested in finding out more information please scroll down and/or email dunlopce35@brandonu.ca 

Research information guide + consent form

Research Information Guide

Research Study: Strengths and Challenges of Mental Health Nurses with Lived Experiences of ACEs:

Aim of Research:
The aim of this research is explore the strengths and challenges of mental health nurses who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) before the age of 18 years old and the influence these adversities have had on their nursing practice, choice to become nurses and their workplace environment.

Why is this Research Significant?
Literature regarding mental health nurses who have experienced ACEs is limited.  By understanding the challenges and strengths of mental health nurses that have experienced ACEs we can better prepare future nurses by integrating and validating the knowledge and experiences of these nurses into nursing curriculum, mental health nursing care and provide support to these nurses to further enhance their resiliency.  By adding to the literature, the researcher hopes to create a dialogue for mental health nurses to openly discuss their experiences that can then be utilized within nursing education and practice. 

Participant Selection:
You are being invited to participate in this study if you have been a mental health nurse for at least 2 years and have experienced at least two ACEs before the age of 18, see list of ACEs included below.  You are asked to exclude yourself from participating in this research study if you have a personal or professional relationship with the researcher.  A total of 10-12 participants will be involved in this research. 

Study Procedures:
You as the participant will be asked to take part in a one-on-one interview over Microsoft Teams, scheduled for 1.5 hours.  As part of the research methods, you will be invited to review the transcript along with the themes of the research to provide your additional thoughts and clarifications.  You will be provided the interview questions in advance, included with the consent form and will be invited to choose to not respond to any of the questions that might cause you discomfort.  A trauma-informed research approach will be implemented to reduce the risk to yourself. 

For additional information and/or to volunteer your participation:
Please email the researcher, a Brandon University Masters of Psychiatric Nursing Student, Chantell Dunlop, RPN, BScPN at Dunlopce35@brandonu.ca

Thank you for considering taking part in this research

Brandon University Ethics Committee has approved this project and can be contacted regarding possible ethical issues in the research at University Research Ethics Committee (BUREC) at (204) 727-9712 or burec@brandonu.ca.