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Subject/Keyword
Conscientious objection
NICU
neonatal nurses
Conflict of Conscience
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ford, Natalie J
Supervisor and department
Byrne, Paul (Faculty of Medicine)
Austin, Wendy (Faculty of Nursing)
Examining committee member and department
Sellman, Derek (Faculty of Nursing)
Truscott, Derek (Department of Education)
Department
Faculty of Nursing
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-03-29T16:07:55Z
Graduation date
2012-06
Degree
Master of Nursing
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The aim of this study was to explore the individual experiences of conflict of conscience for neonatal nurses in Alberta. Interpretive description, a qualitative method, was selected for its value to help situate the findings in a meaningful clinical context. The findings of five interviews with neonatal nurses working in NICUs throughout Alberta illuminated three common themes: the unforgettable conflict with pain and suffering, finding the nurse’s voice, and the unique proximity of nurses. When the nurses witnessed undermanaged pain and perceived unnecessary suffering they experienced both emotional and physical distress. The nurses felt guilty, sad, hopeless, and powerless when they were unable to follow their conscience. Informal ways to follow their conscience were employed before declaring a conscientious objection was considered. This study highlights the vital importance of respecting a conflict of conscience for neonatal nurses and exposes the complexities of conscientious objection in the NICU.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3X088
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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