An exploratory study of selected female registered nurses: meaning and expression of nurturance
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
An exploratory study of selected female registered nurses
Abstract: 

The words 'nurse' and 'nursing' originate in the word 'nurture' which dates back to the 14th century. 'Nurturance' appeared for the first time in the 1976 Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary and in a United States dictionary in 1983. Etymologically and semantically bound to nursing, little is known about the term nurturance. An exploratory design using phenomenological analysis was applied to understand the female registered nurses' experience of nurturing patients throughout the life-span and to uncover behaviours commonly believed nurturant. Interviews with 14 RNs practising in diverse settings revealed 39 nurturant behaviours that were intuited into four themes describing the subjects' perceived structure of nurturance as: (1) enabling maximum potential; (2) providing physical and emotional protection; (3) engaging in a supportive interaction; and (4) conveying shared humanity. Data were formulated into an exhaustive description of the phenomenon nurturance. Additionally, the results support Greenberg-Edelstein's theoretical model of the positive reciprocity of nurturance between nurse and patient.

Author(s): 
Geissler, E. M.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Adv Nurs
Publication Date: 
1990-05
Publication Year: 
1990
Pages: 
525-530
Volume: 
15
Issue: 
5
ISSN: 
0309-2402
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 2358570

Turabian/Chicago Citation

E. M. Geissler. 1990-05. "An exploratory study of selected female registered nurses: meaning and expression of nurturance." Journal of Advanced Nursing 15: 5: 525-530.

Wikipedia Citation

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