The lived experiences of nurses' interactions with ethnically diverse clients: A phenomenological perspective

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147444
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The lived experiences of nurses' interactions with ethnically diverse clients: A phenomenological perspective
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The lived experiences of nurses' interactions with ethnically diverse clients: A phenomenological perspective
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:1998
Author:York, Colette, DNS/DNSc/DSN
P.I. Institution Name:Mount Saint Mary
Title:Chairperson Dept. of Nursing
This study explored the phenomenon of nurses' lived experiences while interacting with clients who were ethnically dissimilar to themselves in a variety of nursing care settings. This study was timely, especially in the county in which the study was conducted because of the ongoing influx of legal and illegal immigrants from diverse foreign geographic locales. Van Kaam's method for conducting phenomenological studies was employed for data gathering, categorizing and analyzing. Categories were stated in terms of perceptions and feelings. The most frequently stated perceptual moments included perceiving client ethnicities based on physical characteristics, language fluency, beliefs and practices, and presumptive clues such as address or surname. Nurses also drew conclusions about their client's ethnicities based on past, personal experiences.



At the emotional level, there emerged a blend of both pleasant and difficult feelings. Nurses described experiencing feelings of heightened awareness, empathy and compassion toward their patients. There were also moments when, even in light of language difficulties, the nurses felt accepted and trusted by the careseekers. Others experienced feelings of triumph, satisfaction and reward. The pleasant emotions were, at times, tempered by feelings of inadequacy, frustration, anger and pressured by time constraints. For some participants the experiences of being discriminated against were described. As a result of the information emerging from the study, a synthetic description of the phenomenon was composed.



The study included tape-recorded interviews with fifteen nurses who were themselves members of diverse ethnicities. An interview guide was prepared and utilized to assist the volunteers in recalling their most memorable interactions in which they were not members of the patient's ethnicity. These participants were chosen through a snowball sampling approach. Although phenomenological findings are not generalized beyond the study participants, insight can be gained into the meaningfulness of these experiences which provide additional research questions and implications for nursing practice and education.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
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Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.titleThe lived experiences of nurses' interactions with ethnically diverse clients: A phenomenological perspectiveen_GB
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dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The lived experiences of nurses' interactions with ethnically diverse clients: A phenomenological perspective</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">1998</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">York, Colette, DNS/DNSc/DSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Mount Saint Mary</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Chairperson Dept. of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cyork93308@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This study explored the phenomenon of nurses' lived experiences while interacting with clients who were ethnically dissimilar to themselves in a variety of nursing care settings. This study was timely, especially in the county in which the study was conducted because of the ongoing influx of legal and illegal immigrants from diverse foreign geographic locales. Van Kaam's method for conducting phenomenological studies was employed for data gathering, categorizing and analyzing. Categories were stated in terms of perceptions and feelings. The most frequently stated perceptual moments included perceiving client ethnicities based on physical characteristics, language fluency, beliefs and practices, and presumptive clues such as address or surname. Nurses also drew conclusions about their client's ethnicities based on past, personal experiences.<br/><br/><br/><br/>At the emotional level, there emerged a blend of both pleasant and difficult feelings. Nurses described experiencing feelings of heightened awareness, empathy and compassion toward their patients. There were also moments when, even in light of language difficulties, the nurses felt accepted and trusted by the careseekers. Others experienced feelings of triumph, satisfaction and reward. The pleasant emotions were, at times, tempered by feelings of inadequacy, frustration, anger and pressured by time constraints. For some participants the experiences of being discriminated against were described. As a result of the information emerging from the study, a synthetic description of the phenomenon was composed.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The study included tape-recorded interviews with fifteen nurses who were themselves members of diverse ethnicities. An interview guide was prepared and utilized to assist the volunteers in recalling their most memorable interactions in which they were not members of the patient's ethnicity. These participants were chosen through a snowball sampling approach. Although phenomenological findings are not generalized beyond the study participants, insight can be gained into the meaningfulness of these experiences which provide additional research questions and implications for nursing practice and education.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:32:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:32:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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