NURSE’S ROLES IN A THAI TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE UNIT

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จรัสศรี อัธยาศัย
อารีย์วรรณ อ่วมตานี

Abstract

                The purpose of this descriptive research was to study the nurse’s roles in Thai Traditional medicine and Alternative Medicine (TTAM) unit by using EDFR technique. Informants were 17 experts. The EDFR technique was used under 3 major steps. Step 1: All experts were interviewed about the nurse’s roles in Thai traditional medicine and alternative medicine unit. Step 2: Interviewed data were analyzed to develop a questionnaire and the questionnaire was sent to prior experts for their opinions. Step 3: Questionnaire items were analyzed by using the mean and inter quartile range, then sent back to the experts for their confirmation.


                The results can be summarized in the nurse’s roles in Thai Traditional medicine and Alternative Medicine unit composed of 5 categories as follows: 1) A care provider including patient care of Conventional medicine and TTAM by nursing process. 2) An informant and counselor in both Conventional medicine and TTAM services concerning in the informing process to the individual patient, family, etc. 3) A risk manager to assess the risk management from the Conventional medicine and TTAM regarding planning controls and risk management as a system. 4) A coordinator for Conventional medicine and TTAM services regarding coordination with the staff and relevant departments with patient care of the Conventional medicine and TTAM. And 5) A self-developer including improving knowledge and conducting nursing research integrated in Conventional medicine and TTAM. According to the findings, the nurse executives can use the research findings to prepare and develop the nurse who are working in Thai traditional and alternative medicine unit. In addition, nurses can use these findings to prepare themselves before working in this unit.

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