In this study, we highlight the importance of methodological creativity when researching existential phenomena in caring science. Our intention is to provide epistemological and methodological support that would encourage researchers to be creative when collecting data. One fruitful way to approach creativity involves basing one’s research on the epistemological and methodological ideas of lifeworld research. We will illustrate the usefulness of lifeworld research via examples from empirical caring science research and show how creativity may contribute to a profound understanding of patients’ experiences. Hopefully, this article will help other researchers be creative without losing epistemological foundations and scientific validity.
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- Go to article: Interrelatedness of African Care Concept of Ubuntu and Caring in Nursing: The Perceptions of Student-Nurses
Interrelatedness of African Care Concept of Ubuntu and Caring in Nursing: The Perceptions of Student-Nurses
Ubuntu philosophy emphasizes the value of caring for one another. Caring is an integral part of the nursing profession. The purpose of the study was to explore perceptions of student-nurses on the interconnectedness of Ubuntu and caring in nursing. Focus group interviews were conducted on Zoom and Google meeting platforms with 49 fourth-year student-nurses. Data were analyzed thematically using Tesch’s eight-step coding process. Ubuntu and caring in nursing emphasize caring for others. Ubuntu is interrelated to caring through its shared values. The incorporation of Ubuntu into the nursing curriculum has the potential to improve the quality of care in nursing.
Caring is a foundational concept for professional nursing. Because a hospital may be an unfamiliar environment for patients, feeling safe is vital. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the importance of caring behaviors for making patients feel safe and their relationship with patient characteristics. Data analysis (n = 324) indicated “being listened to” was the most important caring practice, while having your nurses and doctors demonstrate professional knowledge and skill was the most important behavior for feeling safe. In today’s hospital environment, nurses need to provide patient care that patients consider caring and that helps patients feel safe.
- Go to article: Reflection on Caring, Truth, Bias, Evidence, and Media Literacy During Current Events: An Invited Editorial for the International Journal for Human Caring
Reflection on Caring, Truth, Bias, Evidence, and Media Literacy During Current Events: An Invited Editorial for the International Journal for Human Caring
In the abstract for “Editorial Reflection on Caring, Truth, Bias, Evidence, and Media Literacy During Current Events,” the editorial focuses on the current state of divided truth in issues facing today’s global citizens, such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination, historical bias, implicit bias, gender identity, and disparity. Recognizing of the challenges faced in addressing truth, bias, and the influence of media literacy raises questions for caring scholars to contemplate advancing of caring science.
- Go to article: “I’m Here for You”: Understanding the Caring Role of Nurse Preceptor in Patient Safety
Nurse preceptors assume many responsibilities, including facilitating the learning experience of novice nurses while ensuring safe practices. Understanding the nurse preceptors’ experience will provide a baseline for raising safety awareness among nurses. Methods: A directed content analysis design was used. The initial categories were based on predetermined categories of Roach’s six C’s. Results: Analysis of the data led to the following six categories: recognizing the uniqueness of others, Building Competence for Patient Safety, establishing relationships, preceptor intentionality, promoting collaboration, and being a role model. Conclusion: The results of the study demonstrate the preceptors’ ability to balance their roles in delivering safe care while precepting new staff. They efficiently used their experience and caring attributes to facilitate the learning process.
- Go to article: The Caring Experience of Fetal Loss and Termination of Pregnancy Through the Eyes of Gynecological Medical and Surgical Nurses
The Caring Experience of Fetal Loss and Termination of Pregnancy Through the Eyes of Gynecological Medical and Surgical Nurses
Nurses care for women experiencing fetal loss as a result of elective or therapeutic termination of pregnancy or unexpected delivery of a nonviable infant. It is an emotional experience for the family and nurses. Investigators aimed to illuminate the experience of nurses caring for women experiencing a fetal loss and/or termination of pregnancy on a gynecological medical/surgical unit. The study used a qualitative, descriptive design approved by the Institutional Review Board. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine registered nurses, and transcripts were analyzed using constant comparison methods resulting in codes and themes by three investigators. The experience of nurses caring for women and infants during fetal loss and termination of pregnancy occurs throughout a continuum before, during, and after work. The experience is one of the layers, starting with emotions, sadness, and remorse in the center, followed by layers of attitude (respect and comfort) and action (communication). The foundation for these layers is teamwork, faith, and coping, surrounded by a box of uncomfortableness and distress. Nurses care for both the woman and infant during the termination of pregnancy and fetal loss, treating each with respect and comfort by communicating in both words and physical presence. Support between nurses with similar experiences provides a strong foundation that buffers the uncomfortable and distressing experience.
Phlebotomy collection is one of the most frequently experienced phenomena for patients in the hospital setting universally. Patients transferred from smaller hospitals to tertiary care hospitals are likely to experience repeat laboratory testing at the receiving facility. Unnecessary laboratory blood work can lead to several adverse events. The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study was to discover and understand the lived experience of transferred patients who received repeat laboratory testing. Five essential themes were found through the process of selective thematic analysis. The Conceptual Model of Transferred Patients was designed and offered valuable insight from the patient’s perspective.
- Go to article: Nursing Students’ Perceptions Following an Ostomy Experiential Activity: A Qualitative Study
The study aimed to describe nursing students’ perception after an experiential learning activity of wearing an ostomy device. A qualitative research design to determine themes was used. Students enrolled in a nursing skills course, wore an ostomy appliance for a four-hour lab. After completion of the lab, students submitted a written reflection assignment describing their perception of wearing an ostomy appliance. Results from the thematic analysis revealed three distinct recurring themes: student affective response, student perceptions of the patient experience, and student perceived outcomes. Student comments indicated the affective domain and empathy for the patient was reached.
- Go to article: Fortune Favors the Bold: Special Series of the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment
Background: Although there is an increasing demand for workers in STEM fields, people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM educational programs and related occupations. Among those who achieved competitive integrated employment after serving under an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) by the state-federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) system, only 5.3% of individuals with disabilities were engaged in STEM jobs/careers during the years 2017–2019. Of those with an employment outcome in STEM fields, 8,348 (40.9%) were transition-age youth aged 14–24.
Objective: Using Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA-911) data for the fiscal years from 2017 to 2019, the current study investigated the characteristics of transition-age youth with disabilities aged 14–24 in the state-federal VR system that predicted employment outcomes in STEM fields.
Methods: A logistic regression analysis was used to examine the associations between individual characteristics and STEM career attainment.
Findings: Results illustrated that gender, race, living arrangement, and the receipt of general assistance/SSI/SSDI/TANF predicted employment outcomes in STEM fields.
Conclusions: The research findings provide support for the understanding of demographic characteristics of transition-age youth with disabilities successfully closed in STEM jobs/careers after serving under an IPE. A discussion of the strategies and interventions associated with promoting career development and decisions toward the STEM field for transition-age youth with disabilities is provided.