An Exploration of Factors that Facilitate the Integration of Therapeutic Touch on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163286
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An Exploration of Factors that Facilitate the Integration of Therapeutic Touch on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
Author(s):
Barron, Anne-Marie; Coakley, Amanda; Earl, Rona; Fitzgerald, Ellen; Johnson, Elizabeth; Jones, Dorothy; Leyva-Coffey, Mirta; O'Sullian, Ann; Somerville, Jacqueline; Thorley, Laura; Maho, Ellen
Author Details:
Anne-Marie Barron, PhD, RN, CS, Massachusetts General Hospital and Simmons College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA, email: annemarie.barron@simmons.edu; Amanda Coakley, PhD, RN; Rona Earl RN; Ellen Fitzgerald, MS, RN; Elizabeth Johnson, MSN, RN, AOCN; Dorothy Jones, EdD, RNC, FAAN; Mirta Leyva-Coffey, RN; Ann O'Sullian, RN; Jacqueline Somerville, MS, RN; Laura Thorley, RN; Ellen Maho
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative research was to explore the experiences of nurses and patients on an inpatient oncology unit in relation to Therapeutic Touch (TT) when nurses had time preserved for the exclusive offering of TT. Background: Coakley and Barron (2005) conducted a study with six nurses on the unit who had received training in Therapeutic Touch (TT) one year earlier. The nurses found TT helpful for patients and nurses, yet cited several major obstacles and offered TT infrequently. The obstacles were: inability to center while caring for other patients; the busyness of the unit; and lack of comfort asking colleagues to cover other patients. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The goal of this study was to remove obstacles by changing the scheduling structure for two staff nurse-interventionists and then to explore the experiences of nurses offering TT and the patients receiving TT. Four hours were preserved each week for four months for the offering of TT. One nurse interventionist offered TT to two - four participants during each four-hour bock and the following day the participants were interviewed about their experiences receiving TT. Thirty-four patient-participants received TT. The nurse-interventionists and nurse- interviewers kept journals and participated in post-intervention focus group interviews. The patient-participants' interviews, the nurses' research journals and focus group interviews were analyzed using content analysis. Results: The categories that emerged from the content analysis revealed that TT helped patients to relax, increased comfort, and promoted sleep. The nurse interventionists found that TT helped them to center and focus, make meaningful connections with patients in new and profound ways, and experience deep satisfaction with practice. Conclusions and Implications: The preserved time for TT resulted in an enhanced sense of freedom and pleasure in caring. TT became a vehicle for caring and deep connectedness and the healing essence of nursing was realized.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Exploration of Factors that Facilitate the Integration of Therapeutic Touch on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Uniten_GB
dc.contributor.authorBarron, Anne-Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorCoakley, Amandaen_US
dc.contributor.authorEarl, Ronaen_US
dc.contributor.authorFitzgerald, Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.authorJones, Dorothyen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeyva-Coffey, Mirtaen_US
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullian, Annen_US
dc.contributor.authorSomerville, Jacquelineen_US
dc.contributor.authorThorley, Lauraen_US
dc.contributor.authorMaho, Ellenen_US
dc.author.detailsAnne-Marie Barron, PhD, RN, CS, Massachusetts General Hospital and Simmons College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA, email: annemarie.barron@simmons.edu; Amanda Coakley, PhD, RN; Rona Earl RN; Ellen Fitzgerald, MS, RN; Elizabeth Johnson, MSN, RN, AOCN; Dorothy Jones, EdD, RNC, FAAN; Mirta Leyva-Coffey, RN; Ann O'Sullian, RN; Jacqueline Somerville, MS, RN; Laura Thorley, RN; Ellen Mahoen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163286-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this qualitative research was to explore the experiences of nurses and patients on an inpatient oncology unit in relation to Therapeutic Touch (TT) when nurses had time preserved for the exclusive offering of TT. Background: Coakley and Barron (2005) conducted a study with six nurses on the unit who had received training in Therapeutic Touch (TT) one year earlier. The nurses found TT helpful for patients and nurses, yet cited several major obstacles and offered TT infrequently. The obstacles were: inability to center while caring for other patients; the busyness of the unit; and lack of comfort asking colleagues to cover other patients. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The goal of this study was to remove obstacles by changing the scheduling structure for two staff nurse-interventionists and then to explore the experiences of nurses offering TT and the patients receiving TT. Four hours were preserved each week for four months for the offering of TT. One nurse interventionist offered TT to two - four participants during each four-hour bock and the following day the participants were interviewed about their experiences receiving TT. Thirty-four patient-participants received TT. The nurse-interventionists and nurse- interviewers kept journals and participated in post-intervention focus group interviews. The patient-participants' interviews, the nurses' research journals and focus group interviews were analyzed using content analysis. Results: The categories that emerged from the content analysis revealed that TT helped patients to relax, increased comfort, and promoted sleep. The nurse interventionists found that TT helped them to center and focus, make meaningful connections with patients in new and profound ways, and experience deep satisfaction with practice. Conclusions and Implications: The preserved time for TT resulted in an enhanced sense of freedom and pleasure in caring. TT became a vehicle for caring and deep connectedness and the healing essence of nursing was realized.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:04:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:04:44Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.