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Students’ Experience of Nursing Presence With Poor Mothers


  • Mary B. DeLashmutt

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    1. Mary B. DeLashmutt, PhD, RNBC, CNM, is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing, College of the Bahamas, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas.
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Address for correspondence: Mary B. DeLashmutt, PhD, RNBC, CNM, Freeport, c/o GB Express, 850 SW 34th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. E-mail:


An awareness of the health impact of poverty is core to effective nursing practice. Consequently, a clinical course for nursing students, the focus of which was the impact of poverty upon mental, physical, and spiritual health, was developed and implemented. As the students’ understanding of poverty developed, they appreciated that a nurse’s spirituality and nursing presence can empower poor and marginalized mothers. Nursing presence can provide a vital form of support for poor childbearing women that may reduce risk of poor birth outcomes. JOGNN, 36, 183-189; 2007. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2007.00135.x