Shattered Images: Recovery for the SCI Client

Authors

  • Julie K. French MSN RN,

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    • Julie French is an administrative supervisor at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA. Jennan Atkins Phillips is an assistant professor in the trauma nursing option of the adult health major at the University of Alabama Graduate School of Nursing in Birmingham, AL.

  • Jennan Atkins Phillips DSN RN

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    • Julie French is an administrative supervisor at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA. Jennan Atkins Phillips is an assistant professor in the trauma nursing option of the adult health major at the University of Alabama Graduate School of Nursing in Birmingham, AL.


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Abstract

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most traumatic afflictions a person can experience. The impact of the injury on body image often seems unbearable. The SCI individual faces the reality of a known body image that has been replaced by a devastating change in both appearance and function. The physiological and psychological changes created by the SCI require time for adjustment. This article proposes a four-stage process adapted from Grunbaum (1985) to help SCI clients recover from a disturbance in body image. Nursing interventions for the SCI client that facilitate restoration of a shattered body image are suggested.

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