Life Story: Feminist Critical Hermeneutic Exploration into the Life of an Eminent Woman Nurse

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153864
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Presentation
Title:
Life Story: Feminist Critical Hermeneutic Exploration into the Life of an Eminent Woman Nurse
Abstract:
Life Story: Feminist Critical Hermeneutic Exploration into the Life of an Eminent Woman Nurse
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2002
Conference Date:July, 2002
Author:Berrey, Elizabeth
P.I. Institution Name:MedCentral College of Nursing
Title:Associate Dean and Professor
Objective: The hermeneutic telling and interpreting of the life story of one eminent woman nurse supported the general intent of this study: to uncover the unique, experiential life features of eminent women in nursing for the purpose of strengthening the foundations of nursing scholarship and practice by contributing to knowledge about nursing's heritage. This paper will demonstrate the themes and patterns in the narrator's life that directly contributed to her thinking about nursing, specifically their influence on her models of nursing education and nursing practice. Design: Four general topics were introduced to encourage her to relate her life experience. Those topics were transgenerational family history, adult personal/ professional relationship systems, perception of historical and cultural influences on her life, and development of earliest ideas about nursing up to the time the research was concluded. Population,Sample,Setting,Years: The narrator selected was Rozella M. Schlotfeldt, an eminent nurse theorist, educator, and scholar in her early seventies. The potential pool of narrators was limited to someone 60 years of age or older because that nurse would have had much of her lifetime to have made contributions to nursing and secondly would have had a full lifetime's experience, rich to tap. The research was conducted in 1986-87, interviews and reviews of data done largely in Dr. Schlotfeldt's home. Concept or Variables Studied: Life themes and patterns were the units studied to reveal the meaning of the narrator's life and their influence on her thinking about nursing. Method: A synthesized morphogenic method formulated by the researcher was used, melding together compatible aspects of feminist critical hermeneutics, heuristic research, and the narration of life/oral history. This synthesized method was developed because none of them alone would suffice. Findings: Ten patterns and 11 themes emerged from the narrator's life. The patterns were hard work, practicality, criticism/reassurance/sharp critique, busyness/energetic, competitive ambition, familial love and support, grieving, self-assured/self-effacing, exercise of authority, and exploration within implicitly designated boundaries. The themes are vigor, privacy, treat kindly, individualism, deprivation/advantage, friendliness, to know/to know about, propensity to overcome, responsibility, productivity, and doing what has to be done. Conclusions: The strong influences of her family emotional system, her German American heritage, the cultural androcentricity, her Midwestern Republicanism and small town life were the generative forces that gave rise to all the themes and patterns and, for this paper specifically, those themes and patterns that are reflected in and have affected her thinking about the practice and discipline of nursing are shown. While being powerfully influenced by family and societal systems, she was able to overcome some of their constraining injunctions and has been able to envision and cocreate possibles in the field of nursing, most notably in nursing education and in a model of nursing education and service organization. It is in nursing that she experienced deep creative generativity and fulfillment. Implications: While the implications for use of this method and for the researcher are important, the implications for nursing are the focus here. This research has the potential to contribute to the knowledge about the underlying root of our circumstances in nursing. It has made visible, within the context of an androcentric society, the knowledgeable innovations, contributions, and power of one eminent woman nurse. Careful study, such as this research, can provide a critical assessment of the ideas, ideals, and efforts of eminent women nurses, as well as of the familial and societal generative forces that gave rise to their ideas, ideals and actions. Utilizing this method of inquiry, nurses can scrutinize their own world views, evaluating the influence of societal and familial myths on their presuppositions, and declare the perspectives and biases they bring to nursing scholarship, education and practice.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jul-2002
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLife Story: Feminist Critical Hermeneutic Exploration into the Life of an Eminent Woman Nurseen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153864-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Life Story: Feminist Critical Hermeneutic Exploration into the Life of an Eminent Woman Nurse</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">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July, 2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Berrey, Elizabeth</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">MedCentral College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Dean and Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">erberrey@medcentral.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: The hermeneutic telling and interpreting of the life story of one eminent woman nurse supported the general intent of this study: to uncover the unique, experiential life features of eminent women in nursing for the purpose of strengthening the foundations of nursing scholarship and practice by contributing to knowledge about nursing's heritage. This paper will demonstrate the themes and patterns in the narrator's life that directly contributed to her thinking about nursing, specifically their influence on her models of nursing education and nursing practice. Design: Four general topics were introduced to encourage her to relate her life experience. Those topics were transgenerational family history, adult personal/ professional relationship systems, perception of historical and cultural influences on her life, and development of earliest ideas about nursing up to the time the research was concluded. Population,Sample,Setting,Years: The narrator selected was Rozella M. Schlotfeldt, an eminent nurse theorist, educator, and scholar in her early seventies. The potential pool of narrators was limited to someone 60 years of age or older because that nurse would have had much of her lifetime to have made contributions to nursing and secondly would have had a full lifetime's experience, rich to tap. The research was conducted in 1986-87, interviews and reviews of data done largely in Dr. Schlotfeldt's home. Concept or Variables Studied: Life themes and patterns were the units studied to reveal the meaning of the narrator's life and their influence on her thinking about nursing. Method: A synthesized morphogenic method formulated by the researcher was used, melding together compatible aspects of feminist critical hermeneutics, heuristic research, and the narration of life/oral history. This synthesized method was developed because none of them alone would suffice. Findings: Ten patterns and 11 themes emerged from the narrator's life. The patterns were hard work, practicality, criticism/reassurance/sharp critique, busyness/energetic, competitive ambition, familial love and support, grieving, self-assured/self-effacing, exercise of authority, and exploration within implicitly designated boundaries. The themes are vigor, privacy, treat kindly, individualism, deprivation/advantage, friendliness, to know/to know about, propensity to overcome, responsibility, productivity, and doing what has to be done. Conclusions: The strong influences of her family emotional system, her German American heritage, the cultural androcentricity, her Midwestern Republicanism and small town life were the generative forces that gave rise to all the themes and patterns and, for this paper specifically, those themes and patterns that are reflected in and have affected her thinking about the practice and discipline of nursing are shown. While being powerfully influenced by family and societal systems, she was able to overcome some of their constraining injunctions and has been able to envision and cocreate possibles in the field of nursing, most notably in nursing education and in a model of nursing education and service organization. It is in nursing that she experienced deep creative generativity and fulfillment. Implications: While the implications for use of this method and for the researcher are important, the implications for nursing are the focus here. This research has the potential to contribute to the knowledge about the underlying root of our circumstances in nursing. It has made visible, within the context of an androcentric society, the knowledgeable innovations, contributions, and power of one eminent woman nurse. Careful study, such as this research, can provide a critical assessment of the ideas, ideals, and efforts of eminent women nurses, as well as of the familial and societal generative forces that gave rise to their ideas, ideals and actions. Utilizing this method of inquiry, nurses can scrutinize their own world views, evaluating the influence of societal and familial myths on their presuppositions, and declare the perspectives and biases they bring to nursing scholarship, education and practice.<br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:34:18Z-
dc.date.issued2002-07en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:34:18Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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