Newly graduated nurse anesthetists' experiences and views on anesthesia nursing -- a phenomenographic study

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Annika Larsson-Mauleon
Title: Newly graduated nurse anesthetists' experiences and views on anesthesia nursing -- a phenomenographic study
Journal: AANA Journal
Year: 2002
Volume: 70
Issue: 4
Pagination: 281-287
ISSN: 0094-6354
Publisher: AANA Publishing, Inc.
City: Park Ridge, IL, USA
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science (Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap)
Dept. of Software Engineering and Computer Science S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/eng/ipd/
Authors e-mail: annika.larsson.mauleon@neurotec.ki.se
Language: English
Abstract: This qualitative study identifies and describes different ways in which newly graduated nurse anesthetist (NAs) experience and perceive nurse anesthesia. It explains different approaches to nurse anesthesia care and, thus, to clinical nursing care ( in an anesthesia and surgical context), provided by new NAs. One month after graduation, all NAs who had completed an anesthesia program responded to 4 open-ended questions. A phenomnographic method was used to analyze their responses. The results were divided into 3 categories, which describe nurse anesthesia from the perspectives of (1) maintaining physical well-being; (2) being protectors and advocates; and (3) ability to perform good nurse anesthesia given all the demands placed on the NAs. The results indicate that, for new NAs, the nurse anesthesia care situation was largely influenced by context and generated feelings of inadequacy because the NAs could not provide the emotional support that they believed their patients required.
Subject: Public Health\General
Keywords: Nurse anesthesia, nurse anesthetist, nursing context, phenomenography
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