Critical Care Nurses' Lived Experience of Caring: A Hermeneutic Investigation

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151022
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Critical Care Nurses' Lived Experience of Caring: A Hermeneutic Investigation
Abstract:
Critical Care Nurses' Lived Experience of Caring: A Hermeneutic Investigation
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Vouzavali, Foteini J. D., PhD, MSc, RN, BS
P.I. Institution Name:University of Athens
Title:Post-doctoral Fellow
Co-Authors:Maria N. K. Karanikola, ; Elizabeth D. E. Papathanassoglou,
[Research Presentation] Purpose: Despite the increasing research interest in patients' lived-experience of critical illness, the experiences of nurses who accompany individuals in these intense trajectories remain concealed. The purpose was to explore: I) nurses' perceptions of how caring for the critically ill affected their own personal experiences, lives, personalities, meanings, values and overall their holistic "self", and II) nurses' perceptions and meanings regarding the inter-personal therapeutic relationship with critically ill individuals. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological design with the hermeneutic approach was employed. Narrative descriptions and reflections of nurses? experiences were collected through repeated one-to-one and focus group phenomenological interviews which were repeated to the point of theoretical Analysis of transcribed interviews was carried out by independent analysis and focused discussions. Munhall's (1994) criteria were employed to ensure rigor. Results: The relationship between critical care nurses and patients was revealed to be intense and it affected nurses' personalities and meanings in multiple ways. The core theme "syncytium" employs an analogy of the relevant term in physiology, which describes neighbouring cells that react and function in unison.  This theme illustrated the constant simultaneous and reciprocal interaction between nurse and patient. A progressive course of suffering, development of understanding, acquisition of wisdom and personal advancement was conceptualized as another prevalent theme. This composite core theme was labeled "pain-acceptance-growth", and individual participants were found to experience different stages of this course. Moreover, spirituality issues were very prevalent in the narratives. Other themes, with several sub-themes each included: 1) empathy, 2) perception of role, 3) perceptions of patients. Conclusion: The lived experience of caring for critically ill individuals appears to be composite with profound effects on the personality, values and perceptions in life of nurses. Nurses appear to take part in the lived world of their patients, to share experiences and to learn from them.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCritical Care Nurses' Lived Experience of Caring: A Hermeneutic Investigationen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151022-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Critical Care Nurses' Lived Experience of Caring: A Hermeneutic Investigation</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">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Vouzavali, Foteini J. D., PhD, MSc, RN, BS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Athens</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Post-doctoral Fellow</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">fvouzav@gmail.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Maria N. K. Karanikola, ; Elizabeth D. E. Papathanassoglou,</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: Despite the increasing research interest in patients' lived-experience of critical illness, the experiences of nurses who accompany individuals in these intense trajectories remain concealed. The purpose was to explore: I) nurses' perceptions of how caring for the critically ill affected their own personal experiences, lives, personalities, meanings, values and overall their holistic &quot;self&quot;, and II) nurses' perceptions and meanings regarding the inter-personal therapeutic relationship with critically ill individuals. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological design with the hermeneutic approach was employed. Narrative descriptions and reflections of nurses? experiences were collected through repeated one-to-one and focus group phenomenological interviews which were repeated to the point of theoretical Analysis of transcribed interviews was carried out by independent analysis and focused discussions. Munhall's (1994) criteria were employed to ensure rigor. Results: The relationship between critical care nurses and patients was revealed to be intense and it affected nurses' personalities and meanings in multiple ways. The core theme &quot;syncytium&quot; employs an analogy of the relevant term in physiology, which describes neighbouring cells that react and function in unison.&nbsp; This theme illustrated the constant simultaneous and reciprocal interaction between nurse and patient. A progressive course of suffering, development of understanding, acquisition of wisdom and personal advancement was conceptualized as another prevalent theme. This composite core theme was labeled &quot;pain-acceptance-growth&quot;, and individual participants were found to experience different stages of this course. Moreover, spirituality issues were very prevalent in the narratives. Other themes, with several sub-themes each included: 1) empathy, 2) perception of role, 3) perceptions of patients. Conclusion: The lived experience of caring for critically ill individuals appears to be composite with profound effects on the personality, values and perceptions in life of nurses. Nurses appear to take part in the lived world of their patients, to share experiences and to learn from them.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:49:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:49:36Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.