The Spiritual Needs of the Elderly Christian Widower

9780615113289: The Spiritual Needs of the Elderly Christian Widower
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A research study conducted in Southwest cincinnati to identify the spiritual needs of the elderly Christian Widower who had lost their wives in the past year. A descriptive comparative design was used to identify whether there was a difference in the spiritual needs of elderly Christian widowers and elderly Christian married men.

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I was born in Cincinnati,ohio at the Cincinnati General Hospital on January 23, 1941. My parents were Theodore and Hattie Wilfong. I am the youngest of four children resulting from that marital relationship. My brother, Theodore Wilfong Jr. and I are the only survivors of our immediate family. I am a Christian. My early orientation to Christianity was the Baptist denomination. My parents decided that they wanted to join the Catholic church; so, we were baptized Catholic when I was eight years old. My first three years of school was public at the Douglass Colony in Walnut Hills. I attended the Assumption School, a Catholic parochial school, from the third grade to the the eight grade located in Walnut Hills. I attended four years at Regina High School in Norwood. After I graduated in June, 1959, I attended summer school and night school just to take courses that I could not fit into my curriculum in high school. I was determined to be a nurse; my goal since I was six years old. January,1960, I started working as a nurse aide at St. Francis Hospital in Cincinnati. August,1960, I entered into the L.P.N. nursing program at St. Francis Hospital, an excellent nursing program. Of all my accomplishments in nursing, that program was my most rewarding nursing experience. For thirteen years,I worked as an L.P.N. August,1973, I decided to enroll in the Associate Degree program at Northern Kentucky University. I graduated May, 1975. I wanted to obtain my B.S.N. ; so, I started taking courses at the University of Cincinnati. June, 1979, I was accepted into the B.S.N. program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. I graduated June,1980. I always wanted to be a public health nurse. After working for a temporary medical staffing agency, I began working at the Cincinnati Health Department in December,1980.

September,1985, I started in the Masters program at Wright State University. Because I needed to hold a full time job, it took me five years to complete a two year masters program. I travelled after work fromCincinnati to Dayton for five years. I graduated from Wright State University, March 16,1991 with a masters degree in nursing and with a focus on gerontology. After I had graduated, I continued to work at the Cincinnati Health Department for six more years. I experienced no growth and no recognition fo my accomplishments; so, January, 1997, I decided to leave. My goals after leaving the health department were to get a house and to start assistive living for the indigent elderly. However, I found that the working conditions for nursing was not as it was before I started working at the health department the previous seventeen years, and working was how I planned to accomplish my goal. Just trying to survive absorbed all of my time and energy. I am still working toward that goal of starting assistive living for the indigent elderly. currently, I hold a certificate of authority in the advance practice nurse role as a CNS. I am working on that. I also hold a provider status with the Ohio Home Care Medicaid Program. Now, I will discuss my research project. Three times within this ten year period, I have sent copies of "The Spiritual Needs of the Elderly Christian Widower" to publishers. The publishers liked it, but I was advised that $8,000 to $10,000 was not the way to go to have my research project published. I let the book just lay on the book shelf. Finally, one nurse director of a home care agency advised me to get "The Spiritual Needs of the Elderly Christian Widower" Published. I knew that that was what I had to do in this lifetime. I felt so grateful that I was able to find a valid and reliable assessment tool to conduct my research. I felt my duty to show appreciation for another nurses research by publishing. I did not have the energy, at the time to both develop a reliable and valid research tool and to conduct research on "The Spiritual Needs of the Elderly Christian widower" too.

My brother, Theodore Wilfong Jr. is a graphic designer. I asked my brother to design my cover. It was no more than a day that had gone by when my brother presented to me the design for my book cover. One day it took, that is just how talented my brother is! I loved that design so much that I knew I had better get motivated. I contacted the graduate school at Wright State University. I was informed to go ahead and give my research project a "New Look". My brother has guided me through the entire printing process of the book. In my attempt to obtain the sample to conduct the research with the Elderly Christian Widower, the process proved to be more difficult and more of a challenge than I had anticipated. I was not satisfied with my small sample size. The problems that I experienced are described and explained in the methodological issues chapter. The subject of bereavement became important to me in its totality as it pertained to my personal life. The Information from the literature which addressed the needs of the Elderly Widower is what prompted me to narrow the research study to just the Elderly Widower.

I believe that in the earliest days when I was only fifteen, and when I only knew that I desired to be a public health nurse, that God was working in my life and guiding me to do a research project of this nature(the space on this single page will not allow me to discuss this in detail).

The contents of this research project may prove to be too technical for the average population; however, I felt that it was necessary for me to initially present it in print in this style to support nursing research. I pray and hope that God will provide me with the health, strength, energy, and resources to continue this research nationwide and/ or worldwide, and with a sample that I can be satisfied with. Perhaps, then I can present the contents of this book in laymans terms of understanding. It is my desire that nurses and interested others will use William's Spiritual Needs Assessment tool. The tool can be utilized to assess the spiritual needs of anyone who has experienced any loss.

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