Registered nurses` lived experience of advocacy within a critical care nuit: a phenomenological study

Breeding, Jeff and Turner, de Sales 2002, Registered nurses` lived experience of advocacy within a critical care nuit: a phenomenological study, Australian critical care, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 110-117, doi: 10.1016/S1036-7314(02)80051-0.

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Title Registered nurses` lived experience of advocacy within a critical care nuit: a phenomenological study
Author(s) Breeding, Jeff
Turner, de Sales
Journal name Australian critical care
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 110
End page 117
Publisher Cambridge Media
Place of publication North Strathfield, NSW
Publication date 2002-08
ISSN 1036-7314
Summary Anecdotally, it has often been expressed by registered nurses (RNs) working within critical care environments that they are patient advocates. However, to date, little systematic research has been undertaken to validate this assertion. Thus this project, which explored the lived experience of RNs working within a critical care unit in a country area of Australia, was conceived.

The five participants of this study were all Division 1 RNs possessing a critical care certificate and a minimum of 4 years' nursing experience. Through their participation in an in-depth audiotaped interview they revealed a wealth of experiences and ideas about their involvement as patient advocates. The results of this research indicate that the phenomenon of nurse advocacy is a multi-faceted process and embraces many kinds of activities that nurses engage in on behalf of their clients.

The findings of this study indicate that some of the participants' experiences are congruent with elements of advocacy contained within the nursing literature and statements of professional nursing bodies. However, there are some findings in this study that are not consistent with available literature. For instance, these participants markedly reject the notion that advocacy is an inappropriate concept for nurses, despite suggestions in the literature that this is an inappropriate role. Instead they wholeheartedly embrace this role, asserting it as central to their practice. Further, although the literature identifies potential controversies regarding enactment of the role of advocacy, the participants of this study are silent on these matters. It is not known what this silence implies and, in light of the study findings, it is recommended that nursing organisations, theorists and clinicians consider whether it is worthwhile to more clearly confirm the nature and role of advocacy within Australian nursing.
Notes Available online 29 December 2006.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1036-7314(02)80051-0
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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