Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations



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Dissertation, Doctoral


Graduate School of Nursing

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Carol Bova


Ubiety, Patient-Centered, Qualitative Research, self-preservation, Distractions, self-care

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of registered nurses when practicing ubiety.

  1. SPECIFIC AIMS: The specific aims of the study were to: Describe the attributes of the nurse, the care environment, and the person-centered processes nurses needed to possess in order to immerse themselves physically, cognitively, and spiritually into caring for one patient at a time in midst of distractions
  2. Explore possible patient-related and nurse-related outcomes when caring for one patient at a time in amidst distractions

DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive study guided with the Person-Centered Nursing (PCN) Theory by McCormack and McCance, (2006). A purposive sampling technique was used.

RESULTS: 13 nurses, who were nominated to receive the Daisy Award were recruited. One overarching theme: Practicing Ubiety—Making the patient the star of that minute, and 5 subthemes emerged: anticipating and managing distractions, putting my whole self in, self-preservation, my nursing identity, favorable practice environment. In addition, patient-related and nurse-related outcomes were identified.

CONCLUSION: Ubiety is a concept that is practiced by expert nurses. Results add to existing knowledge about the characteristics of exemplar nurses who practice person-centered nursing care. The importance of anticipating patient needs as a way to deal with distractions and working with nurses to individualize self-preservation strategies are emphasized.



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