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Hope promoting strategies of registered nurses

Turner, de Sales and Stokes, Linda 2006, Hope promoting strategies of registered nurses, Journal of advanced nursing, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 363-372, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.04017.x.

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Title Hope promoting strategies of registered nurses
Author(s) Turner, de Sales
Stokes, Linda
Journal name Journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 56
Issue number 4
Start page 363
End page 372
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006-04-16
ISSN 0309-2402
1365-2648
Keyword(s) care
empirical research report
gerontology
hope
interviews
nurse roles
phenomenology
Summary Aim. This paper describes self-reported hope-promoting strategies used by Registered Nurses whilst providing care for older patients in acute and long-term care settings.
Background. The literature is replete with claims that Registered Nurses engage in hope facilitation with their patients. However, these claims are largely conjecture, with few studies empirically identifying the extent to which Registered Nurses use hope interventions with their patients. Further, some authors have questioned whether nurses have the necessary skills to undertake this vital aspect of care.
Methods. In this Gadamerian hermeneutic phenomenological study, undertaken in 2003 in Australia, we used in-depth audiotaped interviews to collect data with 14 Registered Nurses. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using the Turner method.
Findings. Whilst participants clearly reported that they engaged in hope facilitation with older patients, there were differences between the reported strategies used by Registered Nurses in acute and long-term care settings. Further, the strategies reported were not unique to hope promotion and have been variously described in the literature on caring, presencing, holistic nursing and therapeutic nursing.
Conclusion. It is clear that participants considered hope promotion to be a vital aspect of their care. However, the strategies that they reported were limited and not inclusive of many and varied suggestions emerging from published studies on hope promotion. Therefore, we recommend that nursing curricula, professional development and in-service education programmes place hope facilitation on their agenda and foster a culture in which promoting hope is seen as a vital aspect of nursing care.
Notes Published Online: 12 Sep 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.04017.x
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003570

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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