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- Go to article: The Power of Wholeness, Consciousness, and Caring: A Dialogue on Nursing Science, Art, and Healing
The past few decades have seen immense change in the conceptualization of vulnerability, resulting in members of vulnerable groups requesting that their subjective experiences be seen as valid. In response, researchers have proposed the use of emancipatory and participatory research; forms of research that would alter the traditional power relationships between researchers and their subjects. This article relates these developments specifically to nursing research and proposes that adopting a humanist philosophy could assist in achieving research that acknowledges vulnerable individuals and their personal experiences, challenges the current norm that puts researchers in control of the research agenda, and frames nursing practice according to caring science principles (ethos).
This study was conducted to examine the nurse’s perception of being cared for in the hospital work environment. A survey design was used with a modified questionnaire based on Watson’s (2008) caring theory. Physical needs, spiritual needs, intellectual stimulation, and authentic relationships were domains measured. Results indicated an overall perception of caring (5.27 on a 7-point scale); however, there is significant variation in perception of caring among units within the hospital. Additional research is recommended for tool refinement and the development of a language of caring to help promote more meaningful communication among staff and patients.
- Go to article: Development of the Model for the Intermediary Role of Nurses in Transactive Relationships With Healthcare Robots
Development of the Model for the Intermediary Role of Nurses in Transactive Relationships With Healthcare Robots
Healthcare Robots, used in Japanese hospitals and healthcare facilities, are often functioning with low-fidelity capabilities. Intermediaries are needed in these situations. This article describes the model for the intermediary role of nurses in transactive relationships with healthcare robots. The intermediary role model is based on five assumptions that support nurses' functions: understanding the distinctive performance and value of robots, engaging in rehabilitation and recreation care activities with healthcare robots, encouraging providers of healthcare to utilize healthcare robots, and identifying issues about ethics, morality, security, and safety. Nurses as intermediaries practice nursing continuously with healthcare robots in the healthcare environment dense with technologies.
Evidence that nurses’ interactions with hospitalized patients lack expressive caring invites questions about the workforce providing care and the specific skill sets required to provide emotional care effectively. As discussion of care protocols and other means to evaluate caring outcomes are developed, specific skills that support such outcomes need to be identified. This study examined the multigenerational nature of the current nursing workforce by exploring one set of abilities essential for caring, those of emotional intelligence. Despite stereotypes to the contrary, study findings indicated no difference in measured emotional intelligence abilities among the study generational cohorts.
- Go to article: Tenets of Retirement and Desolation from the Lens of Nursing Faculty in the Philippines
“What do I do with myself now?” This issue has been raised, understood, and considered as a planned, gradual transition to retirement and a norm for many years. However, retirement is a broad concept and requires an in-depth review as a caring phenomenon among nursing faculty. The researchers aimed to unveil what lies in the minds of nursing faculty on their near retirement. The study utilized descriptive qualitative design to decipher the thoughts and feelings of nursing faculty from 10 nursing schools representing the three major regions in the Philippines. Convenience sampling was employed, and 20 nursing faculty members’ interviews saturated the data. Typologies were developed that would guide the caring providers and organizations about the needs and expectations of nursing faculty who are nearing their retirement.
- Go to article: Nursing “Caring” During Catastrophic Events: Theoretical, Research, and Clinical Insights
The use of caring theories as frameworks for disaster nursing is extremely limited. This article describes the caring delivered to natural disaster survivors within the context of caring theories and perspectives. Natural disasters are frequent international phenomena and multidimensional events that can destroy or severely damage every aspect of human life. Nurses played significant roles during all phases of such catastrophic events. They described themselves as caring agents and contributed to the management of persons of all ages in settings including shelters, hospitals, schools, and other temporary relief settings. Implications for caring theories, disaster research, and practice are discussed.
The purpose of this article is to examine, through a literature review, the relationship between compassionate nursing and patient satisfaction in non-English-speaking patients. Research suggests that compassionate nursing may increase patient satisfaction in non-English-speaking patients and suggests that uncompassionate nursing decreases patient satisfaction. Most studies remained inconclusive in their demonstration of negative effects of uncompassionate nursing on English and non-English-speaking patients. Some studies conclusively demonstrated positive effects of compassionate nursing on English-speaking patients. Current research recommends nurses practice and advocate compassion for all. However, more outcome-based research is needed to demonstrate how compassionate nursing affects patient satisfaction in non-English-speaking patients.
- Go to article: The Deteriorating Health of “Nursing” in the United Kingdom Today: An Acute Episode or a Long-Term Condition?
The Deteriorating Health of “Nursing” in the United Kingdom Today: An Acute Episode or a Long-Term Condition?
In the United Kingdom today there appears to be an escalating theme of poor nursing care and negative patient experience. As caring is recognized as the spirit of nursing and is its underlying principal cultural value, this paper aims to explore and examine the nursing as caring theory and associated model of nursing, to ascertain if the care required to “nurse” the profession back to health, to deliver and manage patient expectations in today’s healthcare, is not only familiar, but actually underpins the very essence of nursing itself.