Violence in nursing : competing discourses of power, care and responsibility

Myburgh, Naomi (2007-03)

Thesis (MA (Psychology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


Much research has focused on the social and psychological dimensions of nursing; yet we have not identified the thoughts and feelings of health care professionals as a priority in trying to understand a variety of nursing phenomena. There is a need to explore how nurses understand their social and psychological worlds, specifically with regards to the phenomena of violence, abuse and neglect within health care. Therefore, this study has attempted to answer the following research question: How do nurses understand and talk about the occurrence of violence towards patients? The research question demanded the use of qualitative methods to collect and analyse data. In-depth interviews, consisting of open-ended questions were conducted. 11 female participants were enlisted from a tertiary hospital labour ward in Cape Town by means of convenience sampling. Data were transcribed and analysed using a combination of methods. In addition to more traditional methods, I have also included autoethnography in this thesis.

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