Humanizing the Inhumane: The Meaning of the American Indian Patient-Cancer Care Nurse Relationship

Dec 13 2016 - 1:00pm
College of Nursing, Room 470
Natalie Pool, PhD, BSN, RN

Dr. Pool has over a decade of clinical nursing experience, primarily working with underserved sub-Saharan African and southwestern Native American communities. Her clinical experience ranges from in-patient medical-surgical (including oncology) nursing to community-based interventions with chronically ill (HIV/AIDS) populations. These opportunities have afforded her the privilege of experiencing a variety of healing modalities based in cultural traditions. Dr. Pool completed her PhD in Nursing with a minor in American Indian Studies in December 2016. Her dissertation focused on the meaning of the relationship between Native American patients and cancer care nurses within the ongoing cancer inequity using an interpretive phenomenological methodology.

While at the University of Arizona, Dr. Pool served as a teaching assistant in a qualitative research methods course in a doctoral nursing program. Additional work with a grant at the Native American Research & Training Center (Department of Family & Community Medicine) supporting Native American students in the health sciences reflects her interest in improving cultural diversity and safety training in the health professions. Currently, she serves as the program coordinator, senior for the Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship and has had primary responsibility for developing online teaching/learning materials and coordinating on-site learning intensives and workshops focused on integrative therapeutics and health care.

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