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Title: The impact of nurses' values on the prevention of pressure ulcers : a Straussian grounded theory study
Author: Samuriwo, Raymond K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2716 9965
Awarding Body: University of Glamorgan
Current Institution: University of South Wales
Date of Award: 2011
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This is a Straussian grounded theory study about the impact of nurses’ values on pressure ulcer prevention. Semi-structured interviews were used to gather data from participants (n=16) who were recruited from the non-acute adult medical wards of 14 hospitals in one NHS Trust and a local university. The participants were asked to talk about their experiences of preventing and managing pressure ulcers and their values were elicited from their accounts. The data were analysed and interpreted with Straussian grounded theory. Nurses were found to work according to the value that they placed on pressure ulcer prevention, as this value influenced the manner in which they prioritised and delivered skin care to their patients. Similar links between nurses’ values and their delivery of care with regards to other aspects of nursing were also identified. The delivery of care to prevent pressure ulcers was found to be subject to clinical priorities and other factors. As a result, the majority of care to maintain skin integrity was delivered by nursing auxiliaries and students because nurses were busy doing other things. Despite this, nurses who place a high value on pressure ulcer prevention appear to be more proactive and determined to deliver care that protects the integrity of their patients’ skin than their peers. This is highlighted by the participants’ accounts of how their prioritisation and delivery of care to prevent pressure ulcers changed when the value that they placed on pressure ulcer prevention increased from low to high. This study also identified the manner in which the value that nurses place on pressure ulcer prevention is formed and evolves. The recommendations that arise from this study are: further testing of this grounded theory in other settings to increase its generalisability and a greater awareness of the impact that the value that nurses place on different aspects of patient care has on their delivery of care to patients, especially with regards to pressure ulcer prevention. Nurse education and training must also take into account some of the factors that help to form and change the value that nurses place on pressure ulcer prevention. Greater attention needs to be paid to the value that nurses place on different aspects of nursing in view of the relationship between nurses’ values and care delivery, if patients are to receive the best possible care.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: nursing ; pressure ulcers ; patient care ; Bedsores - Treatment ; Bedsores - Prevention