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dc.contributor.authorBowen, Kimberley
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-26T13:23:41Z
dc.date.available2018-07-26T13:23:41Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/13601
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to explore what constitutes an expert registered nurse in a labour and delivery unit. A qualitative, phenomenological approach was used to guide and analyze the interviews of twelve participants recruited through purposeful sampling. Patricia Benner’s From Novice to Expert theory was used as both a theoretical definition of expert as well as a baseline for participants to self-identify with one of the levels of skill acquisition (novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient or expert). Three themes emerged from data analysis including: 1) characteristics of expert nurses, 2) significance and impact of loss and 3) difficulty with the word “expert”. The study results showed that expert is a fluid concept that is both difficult to define and maintain throughout a nurse’s career. Factors such as education, technology, culture, environment and most notably autonomy, impact a nurse’s ability to achieve expert status as well as the ability to remain an expert of the same capacity throughout their careers. In addition, environmental and practice related changes resulted in feelings of loss that also significantly impacted the nurse’s perception of expert nursing. Ultimately, it was identified that Benner’s definition of expert is not complete and would require additional research with a focus on relational and psychosocial elements of nursing specifically in the area of labour and delivery setting in order to achieve a more comprehensive definition.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectExperten_US
dc.subjectPatricia Benneren_US
dc.subjectLabour and Deliveryen_US
dc.subjectNursingen_US
dc.subjectFrom Novice to Experten_US
dc.titleWhat Constitutes an Expert Registered Nurse in Labour & Delivery?: A Phenomenological Inquiryen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Health Sciences Programen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Applied Health Sciencesen_US


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