Caring among Nurses Working in a Rich Technological Environment
Keywords:Caring, Nursing in a rich technological environment
The objective of this mixed methods design studywas to explorecaring levels and caringperspectives of nurses working in intensive care units. The samples consisted of nurses who passed the special nursing course training in critical care nursing from the Faculty of Nursing, Naresuan University, and nurses working at critical care units at Naresuan University Hospital. The number of samples used in the quantitative study part was 205 cases and the number of informants used in the qualitative study part was 30 cases. The tools used in the study were 1) the demographic data questionnaire, 2) the questionnaire of the Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing Inventory (TCCNI) developed by Locsin (Locsin, 2005), which was translated from English to Thai language and was done a back translation into English by three experts who know well both English and Thai languages, and the Cronbach's alpha was 0.89, and 3) the semi-structured in-depth interview which was done content validity by three experts. Quantitative data to study caring levels among nurses working in a rich technological environment was analyzedwith mean and standard deviation statistics. Qualitative data was analyzed by using content analysis in order to study caring perspectives among nurses workinga rich technological environment. After that, the results from the qualitative and quantitative data analysis wasinterpreted together. The results of the quantitative study revealed that the samples had a high score of caring in a rich technological environment with an average of 4.5 and standard deviation of 0.4. The results of the qualitative study showed that the informants identified three perspectives: providing comfort and safe care, psychosocial care, and using health technologies correctly and effectively. This research will be evidence to confirm that caring can happen well while nurses provide nursing practice in a rich technological environment.
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