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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151630
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Empowering Relationships in Family-Focused Nursing
Abstract:
Empowering Relationships in Family-Focused Nursing
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Aston, Megan, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Dalhousie University
Title:Empowering Relationships and Family Focused Nursing
Co-Authors:Donna Meagher-Stewart, PhD, RN
Objective: This pilot study examined how empowerment, as an ideology and a practice of teaching and learning, was understood and applied by public health nurses and new mothers during home visits in Nova Scotia Canada. Design and Methods: Feminist poststructuralist methodology was used to explore the language, practices and meaning of empowerment as well as understand the complex therapeutic relationship. Observations of home visits and in-depth interviews were conducted with mothers and public health nurses working in Family Focused Nursing. Population: Three public health nurses and three mothers one month postpartum were purposively selected for this pilot study. Concepts studied: The concepts of empowerment, agency and subjectivity were used to support and understand the belief that the women in this study were self-reflexive, conscious of their own social locations and able to exercise free will to change their own circumstances. Findings: The role of nurse-as-expert and the social construction of mothering were tightly woven within the threads of the therapeutic relationship which ultimately informed the dynamics of empowerment. Being attentive to relations of power was evident as these nurses and mothers continually challenged stereotypes of mothering and nursing. Conclusions: These public health nurses engaged in practices of empowerment that were multilayered. They used ongoing assessments, trust, genuineness, listening and a belief in client led health which were intricately woven into a complex interaction between the nurses and new mothers. Implications: This pilot study has provided the initial stepping stone to continued research that will explore the dynamics of empowerment in a variety of settings that focus on empowerment as a relationship and a process outcome. The information gathered from this study offers a rich understanding of nurses’ educational practices with new mothers. The findings give evidence of public health nurses creative and committed pedagogical practices.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEmpowering Relationships in Family-Focused Nursingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151630-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Empowering Relationships in Family-Focused Nursing</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">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Aston, Megan, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Dalhousie University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Empowering Relationships and Family Focused Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Megan.Aston@Dal.Ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Donna Meagher-Stewart, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: This pilot study examined how empowerment, as an ideology and a practice of teaching and learning, was understood and applied by public health nurses and new mothers during home visits in Nova Scotia Canada. Design and Methods: Feminist poststructuralist methodology was used to explore the language, practices and meaning of empowerment as well as understand the complex therapeutic relationship. Observations of home visits and in-depth interviews were conducted with mothers and public health nurses working in Family Focused Nursing. Population: Three public health nurses and three mothers one month postpartum were purposively selected for this pilot study. Concepts studied: The concepts of empowerment, agency and subjectivity were used to support and understand the belief that the women in this study were self-reflexive, conscious of their own social locations and able to exercise free will to change their own circumstances. Findings: The role of nurse-as-expert and the social construction of mothering were tightly woven within the threads of the therapeutic relationship which ultimately informed the dynamics of empowerment. Being attentive to relations of power was evident as these nurses and mothers continually challenged stereotypes of mothering and nursing. Conclusions: These public health nurses engaged in practices of empowerment that were multilayered. They used ongoing assessments, trust, genuineness, listening and a belief in client led health which were intricately woven into a complex interaction between the nurses and new mothers. Implications: This pilot study has provided the initial stepping stone to continued research that will explore the dynamics of empowerment in a variety of settings that focus on empowerment as a relationship and a process outcome. The information gathered from this study offers a rich understanding of nurses&rsquo; educational practices with new mothers. The findings give evidence of public health nurses creative and committed pedagogical practices.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:08:29Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:08:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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