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Title: An exploratory study of priority setting in gynaecology nursing practice
Author: Morrison, Audrey
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 6265
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2006
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This study explored how nurses in acute and nurse-led gynaecology wards prioritised patient caseloads ranging in diversity and number of patient conditions. Statistics show that since the introduction of medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) procedures into the National Health Service (NHS) in 1991, the number of women having this procedure is increasing year on year. To date very little is known about the impact this procedure may have had on nursing practice. The focus of this study was to explore the nursing care when this included, and did not include, caring for women having MTOP. The study was conducted in two parts. The first qualitative study employed non-participant observation and semi-structured interviews of nurses in gynaecology and surgical wards at two hospital sites to examine the external context in which nursing decisions were made. This found that nurses in gynaecology focused on emotional or psychosocial aspects more so than surgical nurses who focused on physical aspects of patient care. The second quantitative study involved a cross-sectional survey of nurses from both ward types in two hospitals sites in Scotland. Internal constructs were examined using personality and thinking styles measures. Nurses were assessed on their emotionality, that is, the numbers of times an emotional care aspect was prioritised. This found that nurses who prioritised the emotional aspects of the task tended to be more conscientious and elected preference for a ‘people-centred’ thinking style. The context in which women have TOP is also important since the findings suggest women may benefit from being cared for in nurse-led rather than in acute wards. Knowing how a person thinks about emotional and physical aspects of care also has implications for those involved in education, and career planning.
Supervisor: Swanson, Vivien ; Paley, John Sponsor: N&M departmental scholarship
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: priority setting ; decision making ; nursing practice ; nurse-led care ; thinking styles ; emotional care ; Termination of pregnancy Medical ; Pregnancy termination Patient care