Positive Post Traumatic Changes in Iranian Nurses Who Served in War Zones

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Introduction: Post-traumatic growth or Positive Posttraumatic Changes refers to development of an individual’s experience involving accidents or incidents etc., as a result of coping with trauma, war, tragedy etc. (collectively known as stressors).  This issue has wide-ranging consequences on the economy, society, culture, and psychology. Military nurses deployed to war zones face the dual pressure of providing healthcare and being involved in military activities. The study sought to assess post-traumatic growth among nurses deployed to war zones.Method: This qualitative study was conducted at the Baqiyatallah Nursing Faculty, Tehran, Iran, using the conventional content analysis approach from ۲۰۲۱ to ۲۰۲۳. Data were collected through semi-structured individual interviews with ۱۱ nurses. Sampling was purposeful and continued until data saturation was achieved. Data were analyzed using MAXQDA۱۰ software.Results: After analyzing the data, we identified ۲۲ subcategories and ۶ main categories, which included: "divine growth," "empowering interpersonal relationships," "learning new cultures," "Finding new learning opportunities," "increased personnel resilience," and "changes in attitude."Conclusion: The results of this study showed that post-traumatic growth in nurses following trauma, war, and tragedy is a complex, multidimensional, and contextual concept that may be affected by various factors namely stressors, mental and psychological status, previous encounter with stress. The findings of this study can provide nursing leaders and dispatch nurses with a deeper recognition of the factors that contribute to successful coping among Iranian nurses deployed to war zones and development of positive post-traumatic growth.


Muhammad Gooshi Dehaghi

PhD Candidate, Nursing faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Morteza Khaghanizadeh

Professor, Health Management Research Center, Medical Surgical Group, Nursing Faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Hamid Peyrovi

Professor, Nursing Care Research Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran. University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Soleyman Heydari

Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Trauma Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Zohereh Vafadar

Assistant professor, Health Management Research Center, Medical-Surgical Group, Nursing Faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.