In Their Own Words: The Experience of Professional Nurses at a Northern Vietnamese Women's Hospital

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304230
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
In Their Own Words: The Experience of Professional Nurses at a Northern Vietnamese Women's Hospital
Author(s):
Ng'ang'a, Njoki; Byrne, Mary W.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Upsilon
Author Details:
Njoki Ng'ang'a, MPhil, MSc, RNC, nn2254@columbia.edu; Mary W. Byrne, PhD, DNP, MPH, FAAN;
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, July 22, 2013, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Background: Nurses in Vietnam, as is typical of many low-income countries, are hampered from impacting health outcomes by low occupational status, overcrowded hospitals and few career development opportunities.  According to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, a healthy work environment is critical to fostering clinical excellence and ensuring optimal patient outcomes.  In order to understand the current practice environment encountered by nurses in Vietnam in the most realistic way, we listened to the voices of nurses currently performing nursing roles in Vietnam.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the emic (insider) perspectives on cultural meaning applied by nurses at a northern Vietnamese women’s hospital to influence professional practice and interpret experience. 

Methods:  A micro-ethnography approach was used.  Seven nurses and one vice-Dean of a school of nursing were interviewed.  Data collection consisted of open-ended interviews, participant observation and journal recordings.  Spradley’s (1979, 1980) Development Research Sequence was used to guide data collection and analysis.

Results:  Five themes emerged.  These were the big number of patients is a burden for nurses; nurses do not, cannot make their own decisions (but they can and do); my feeling depends on doctor’s feeling; nurses learn more from doctor; and just a few nurses can attend the [Vietnamese Nurses Association] meeting.

Conclusion:  The experiences described by the nurses and the vice-Dean of a nursing school reflect the challenges of practicing nursing in one Vietnamese hospital and the resourcefulness of nurses in overcoming those challenges.  Recurrent themes highlight the need to better position nurses in Vietnam to advance towards full expression of the professional nursing role.

Keywords:
nursing; Vietnam
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleIn Their Own Words: The Experience of Professional Nurses at a Northern Vietnamese Women's Hospitalen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNg'ang'a, Njokien_GB
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Mary W.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Upsilonen_GB
dc.author.detailsNjoki Ng'ang'a, MPhil, MSc, RNC, nn2254@columbia.edu; Mary W. Byrne, PhD, DNP, MPH, FAAN;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304230-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, July 22, 2013, Tuesday, July 23, 2013</p><strong>Background</strong>: Nurses in Vietnam, as is typical of many low-income countries, are hampered from impacting health outcomes by low occupational status, overcrowded hospitals and few career development opportunities.  According to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, a healthy work environment is critical to fostering clinical excellence and ensuring optimal patient outcomes.  In order to understand the current practice environment encountered by nurses in Vietnam in the most realistic way, we listened to the voices of nurses currently performing nursing roles in Vietnam. <p><strong><b>Purpose</strong>: </b>The purpose of this study was to explore the emic (insider) perspectives on cultural meaning applied by nurses at a northern Vietnamese women’s hospital to influence professional practice and interpret experience.  <p><strong><b>Methods: </b></strong> A micro-ethnography approach was used.  Seven nurses and one vice-Dean of a school of nursing were interviewed.  Data collection consisted of open-ended interviews, participant observation and journal recordings.  Spradley’s (1979, 1980) Development Research Sequence was used to guide data collection and analysis. <p><strong><b>Results: </b></strong> Five themes emerged.  These were <i>the big number of patients is a burden for nurses; nurses do not, cannot make their own decisions (but they can and do); my feeling depends on doctor’s feeling; nurses learn more from doctor; </i>and<i> just a few nurses can attend the </i>[Vietnamese Nurses Association]<i> meeting.</i><p><strong><b>Conclusion: </b></strong> The experiences described by the nurses and the vice-Dean of a nursing school reflect the challenges of practicing nursing in one Vietnamese hospital and the resourcefulness of nurses in overcoming those challenges.  Recurrent themes highlight the need to better position nurses in Vietnam to advance towards full expression of the professional nursing role.en_GB
dc.subjectnursingen_GB
dc.subjectVietnamen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:31:39Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:31:39Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
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.en_GB
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