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  • Ward sisters´perception of their role : phenomenological study
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  • The role of ward sisters (WSs) is considered pivotal in the hospital setting
    today. This role has been described as essential to the success of nursing
    services, the effectiveness of health care organizations and the quality of
    nursing care. The environment of the health care system has changed
    dramatically over the past two decades, directly affecting the work
    environment of WSs. These changes have led to the recognition of the pivotal
    role of WSs as being the link between the executive management of the
    health care organization and the nursing staff on the units.
    The purpose of the study was to describe the lived experience of WSs in
    today’s health care environment. Phenomenology was the research approach
    and in-depth dialogues were used for data collection. The dialogues were
    analysed according to van Manen’s (1990) approach. Three main themes
    emerged with several subthemes that further described the phenomenon. The
    participants were seven female ward sisters with variable work experience, all
    working at the same major hospital in Iceland. The participants volunteered to
    take part in the study and most of the dialogues took place outside their
    immediate work environment during June 2001 through December 2001. The
    findings indicated that the participants experienced enormous responsibilities in
    relation to staffing and running the units, especially today during this transitional
    time of the health care system. Lack of clear strategy from top management
    and/or inconsistency in following set strategy was found to be a hindrance in
    the job of the WSs. Emotional involvement was considerable and the
    participants felt that they needed more support from the organisation in order to
    perform effectively. Based on the findings, it is concluded that the WSs
    constantly reshape and re-evaluate the work on their units and lead their staff
    on towards the goals of the hospital organization. This is often a rewarding
    experience but also emotionally draining. The WSs need specific support,
    according to their career level in order to function effectively. Limitations are
    addressed as well as implications for nursing education, nursing research,
    nursing administration and hospital administration.

  • Verkefnið er opið nemendum og starfsfólki Háskólans á Akureyri
  • 1.1.2002

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