Walking the line between the possible and the ideal: lived experiences of neonatal nurses

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Walking the line between the possible and the ideal: lived experiences of neonatal nurses. / Aagaard, Hanne; Hall, Elisabeth; Ammentorp, Jette.

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title = "Walking the line between the possible and the ideal: lived experiences of neonatal nurses",
abstract = "K{\o}benhavn, EAPS Conference Okt. 2010Background: Nurses working in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) meet a handful of professional challenges and are nursing ever smaller and more vulnerable infants using technological devices and in addition they have to integrate parents in the care.Design: A qualitative interview study with a hermeneutic-phenomenological approach.Aims:To investigate the lived experiences of neonatal nurses, that is, what it is like to be a neonatal nurse at the time when developmental care is introduced in the unit.Setting: An 18 bed level II-III neonatal unit at a tertiary university hospital in Denmark. Developmental care was recently introduced in the unit, and parents spent many hours a day with their baby and stayed overnight in guestrooms at the hospital.Method: Data were collected from seven neonatal nurses with varied experiences; they were analyzed and thematized following Van Manen’s phenomenological methodology. Results: The essential theme of the phenomenon being a neonatal nurse is found to be ‘balancing between the ideal and the possible’. Five themes (with sub-themes) further illuminate the essence. They are: ‘being attentive to the infant and the mother-infant dyad’, ‘the body tells’, ‘time is everything’, ‘working in a quiet and caring, crowded and distressing space’, and ‘team-work – demanding or smooth and helpful’. Conclusion: Introducing developmental care in a neonatal unit changes neonatal nurses’ experiences of caring for infants and mother-infant dyads. The meaning of body, time, space, and relationships are decisive and should be included in nurses’ and nurse leaders’ discussion about developmental and family-centred neonatal care.",
author = "Hanne Aagaard and Elisabeth Hall and Jette Ammentorp",
year = "2010",
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T1 - Walking the line between the possible and the ideal: lived experiences of neonatal nurses

AU - Aagaard, Hanne

AU - Hall, Elisabeth

AU - Ammentorp, Jette

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - København, EAPS Conference Okt. 2010Background: Nurses working in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) meet a handful of professional challenges and are nursing ever smaller and more vulnerable infants using technological devices and in addition they have to integrate parents in the care.Design: A qualitative interview study with a hermeneutic-phenomenological approach.Aims:To investigate the lived experiences of neonatal nurses, that is, what it is like to be a neonatal nurse at the time when developmental care is introduced in the unit.Setting: An 18 bed level II-III neonatal unit at a tertiary university hospital in Denmark. Developmental care was recently introduced in the unit, and parents spent many hours a day with their baby and stayed overnight in guestrooms at the hospital.Method: Data were collected from seven neonatal nurses with varied experiences; they were analyzed and thematized following Van Manen’s phenomenological methodology. Results: The essential theme of the phenomenon being a neonatal nurse is found to be ‘balancing between the ideal and the possible’. Five themes (with sub-themes) further illuminate the essence. They are: ‘being attentive to the infant and the mother-infant dyad’, ‘the body tells’, ‘time is everything’, ‘working in a quiet and caring, crowded and distressing space’, and ‘team-work – demanding or smooth and helpful’. Conclusion: Introducing developmental care in a neonatal unit changes neonatal nurses’ experiences of caring for infants and mother-infant dyads. The meaning of body, time, space, and relationships are decisive and should be included in nurses’ and nurse leaders’ discussion about developmental and family-centred neonatal care.

AB - København, EAPS Conference Okt. 2010Background: Nurses working in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) meet a handful of professional challenges and are nursing ever smaller and more vulnerable infants using technological devices and in addition they have to integrate parents in the care.Design: A qualitative interview study with a hermeneutic-phenomenological approach.Aims:To investigate the lived experiences of neonatal nurses, that is, what it is like to be a neonatal nurse at the time when developmental care is introduced in the unit.Setting: An 18 bed level II-III neonatal unit at a tertiary university hospital in Denmark. Developmental care was recently introduced in the unit, and parents spent many hours a day with their baby and stayed overnight in guestrooms at the hospital.Method: Data were collected from seven neonatal nurses with varied experiences; they were analyzed and thematized following Van Manen’s phenomenological methodology. Results: The essential theme of the phenomenon being a neonatal nurse is found to be ‘balancing between the ideal and the possible’. Five themes (with sub-themes) further illuminate the essence. They are: ‘being attentive to the infant and the mother-infant dyad’, ‘the body tells’, ‘time is everything’, ‘working in a quiet and caring, crowded and distressing space’, and ‘team-work – demanding or smooth and helpful’. Conclusion: Introducing developmental care in a neonatal unit changes neonatal nurses’ experiences of caring for infants and mother-infant dyads. The meaning of body, time, space, and relationships are decisive and should be included in nurses’ and nurse leaders’ discussion about developmental and family-centred neonatal care.

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