Normative Cultural Values and the Experiences of Mexican-American Mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243205
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Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Normative Cultural Values and the Experiences of Mexican-American Mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Author(s):
Cleveland, Lisa M.; Horner, Sharon
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Theta, region 6
Author Details:
Cleveland, Lisa M., PhD, RN, IBCLC, clevelandl@uthscsa.edu; Horner, Sharon, PhD, RN, FAAN;
Abstract:
Purpose: Little is known about the experiences of Mexican-American mothers who have had an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Therefore the purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding to guide nursing practice.

Methods: An exploratory qualitative approach was used. Data collection was conducted through audio-taped, transcribed, semi-structured, individual interviews and field notes. The 5 normative cultural values for Latino families; 1) simpatia, 2) personalismo, 3) respeto, 4) familismo, and 5) fatalismo were used as a sensitizing framework to guide data interpretation.

Results: A convenience sample of fifteen English-speaking, Mexican-American women was interviewed. The women's discussions of their NICU experiences clearly reflect the 5 normative Latino cultural values. Simpatia was observed when the mothers expressed how important it was to feel welcomed in the nursery. Personalismo was demonstrated by the mothers’ desire to develop a personal relationship with the nurses. Some mothers conveyed exemplars where they felt respeto was lacking and they felt judged by the nursing staff. Familismo influenced every aspect of the NICU experience from the items the mothers brought for their infants to the mothers’ feelings about the discharge of their infant from the hospital. While fatalismo was not threaded as consistently through the data as the other values, for several of the mothers there was an underlying fear that their infant’s condition was fated and that little could be done to alter the course of events.

 Conclusion: These findings can be used to inform nursing care provided for Mexican-American mothers and their infants by assisting nurses to customize care to meet the cultural needs of this population.

Keywords:
Neonatal nursing; Culture; Latino
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleNormative Cultural Values and the Experiences of Mexican-American Mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)en
dc.contributor.authorCleveland, Lisa M.en
dc.contributor.authorHorner, Sharonen
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Theta, region 6en
dc.author.detailsCleveland, Lisa M., PhD, RN, IBCLC, clevelandl@uthscsa.edu; Horner, Sharon, PhD, RN, FAAN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243205-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b>Little is known about the experiences of Mexican-American mothers who have had an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Therefore the purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding to guide nursing practice. <p><b>Methods: </b>An exploratory qualitative approach was used. Data collection was conducted through audio-taped, transcribed, semi-structured, individual interviews and field notes. The 5 normative cultural values for Latino families; 1) <i>simpatia,</i> 2) <i>personalismo,</i> 3) <i>respeto</i>, 4) <i>familismo,</i> and 5) <i>fatalismo </i>were used as a sensitizing framework to guide data interpretation. <p><b>Results: </b>A convenience sample of fifteen English-speaking, Mexican-American women was interviewed. The women's discussions of their NICU experiences clearly reflect the 5 normative Latino cultural values. <i>Simpatia </i>was observed when the mothers expressed how important it was to feel welcomed in the nursery. <i>Personalismo </i>was demonstrated by the mothers&rsquo; desire to develop a personal relationship with the nurses. Some mothers conveyed exemplars where they felt <i>respeto </i>was lacking and they felt judged by the nursing staff. <i>Familismo </i>influenced every aspect of the NICU experience from the items the mothers brought for their infants to the mothers&rsquo; feelings about the discharge of their infant from the hospital. While <i>fatalismo </i>was not threaded as consistently through the data as the other values, for several of the mothers there was an underlying fear that their infant&rsquo;s condition was fated and that little could be done to alter the course of events. <p>&nbsp;<b>Conclusion: </b>These findings can be used to inform nursing care provided for Mexican-American mothers and their infants by assisting nurses to customize care to meet the cultural needs of this population.en
dc.subjectNeonatal nursingen
dc.subjectCultureen
dc.subjectLatinoen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:18:59Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:18:59Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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