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ethnocultural care encounters
maternity nurses
Canadian context
cultural safety
transcultural nursing
immigrant/refugee women of African origin
critical cultural perspective
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bell, Annalita Shireen
Supervisor and department
Higginbottom, Gina (Nursing)
Examining committee member and department
Mumtaz, Zubia (School of Public Health)
Ogilvie, Linda (Nursing)
Faculty of Nursing

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Master of Nursing
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Background: A variety of factors may interplay between nurses and maternity clients of diverse ethnic origins to disrupt effective ethnocultural care encounters. Study Aim/Research Questions: The aim of this study was to explore maternity nurses care experiences with African immigrant/refugee women. Methodology: Focused ethnography. Methods: Data collection through a purposive sample using semi-structured interviews. Location/Setting: Maternity units of three acute care hospitals in Alberta, Canada. Participant Number & Characteristics: Twelve maternity nurses of RN or LPN designation. Approach to Analysis: A cyclical, iterative process of data collection & analysis with Atlas.ti6©. Findings: Maternity nurses use multiple ways of gaining knowledge and information to negotiate ethnocultural care encounters. Awareness of larger social structures that impede deeper critical reflection and assessment is needed. Implications: This research study has the potential to affect positive learning outcomes amongst nurses such as improved therapeutic communication, care decision making and subsequent nurse-client relationships in ethno-cultural encounters.
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