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|Title: ||An exploration of nurses' emotions: a study of Jordanian nurses in intensive therapy.|
|Authors: ||Almahrouk, Mohammed|
|Supervisors: ||Gass, John|
|Issue Date: ||May-2009|
|Publisher: ||Robert Gordon University|
|Abstract: ||Emotions within the Intensive Therapy Nurses (ITNs) are the phenomena under
investigation. Emotions of ITN s are exposed to stressors that may lead to emotional
changes. This study aimed to explore the emotional changes experienced by Jordanian
ITN s. Multiple triangulation was employed in three interrelated phases. Each phase is a
pre-requisite for the next. All phases complete each other to form the whole study. The
first phase used observations and interviews to collect data from three ITNs working in
three different Intensive Therapy Units (ITUs), the adult intensive therapy, the paediatric
intensive therapy and the post-cardiac surgery units. The first phase revealed the range of
emotions experienced by ITN s.
The second phase involved a construction of self-reporting questionnaire based on the first
phase findings. The aim of the questionnaire phase was to identify the nurses' highly
meaningful emotions within the ITU s. A total of 73 ITN s responded from three different
hospitals. The second phase revealed 50 out of 172 emotional items as highly meaningful
emotions. The highly meaningful emotions were categorised into five emotional groups:
mutual professional, disparagement, self-worth and physical emotions. The situations (in
which the emotions were revealed) of the second phase were categorised into five themes:
technology, advanced nursing procedures, nurse-patient relationship, nurse-human
relationship, and working conditions.
It was necessary to conduct a third phase in order to allow in-depth understanding of the
phenomenon of emotional changes within ITN s. The third phase employed interviews
with nine participants using an interview guide. The third phase analysis showed that the
emotional groups had different patterns of emotional transformations. Mutual
disparagement emotions showed an increase in emotionality followed by a decrease until
they reached a balanced stage. Professional and self-worth emotions were increasing over
time for ITNs.
The study proposed a model of expertism within ITN s. Expertism according to the current
study is a process of emotional transformations. Knowledge, experience and culture
training would help ITNs to transform their emotions to reach a level of expertism.
Culture and gender differences may also influence ITNs' emotional transformations. ITNs
become balanced in their mutuality and disparagement, and having high professionality
and self-worth. These expert ITNs would attain advanced nursing qualities such as: being
organised, autonomous, critical thinker, and educators.
Emotional transformation is a process that could be taught to ITNs. Nurse educators could
use the model to develop courses and programmes which could foster the emotional
transformations within ITN s in order to reach the expertism. Such courses and
programmes are expected to reduce turnover and burnout among ITN s and foster nursing
|Appears in Collections:||Theses (Nursing & Midwifery)|
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