This grounded theory study describes how Nurse Practitioners (NPs) provided care to Aboriginal people in British Columbia and proposed a theoretical foundation to guide NPs interactions with Aboriginal people in providing healthcare. This study first explored NPs work with Aboriginal people. Through analysis of interview responses, insight was gained into how NPs provide care to Aboriginal people. Fourteen NPs who worked with Aboriginal people in British Columbia for at least one year during the past five years were interviewed. After each interview data were manually coded for concepts and categories from which to build theory. Memos were written for further clarity and participants were asked to verify whether or not identified concepts and categories worked, fit, and were relevant and modifiable as new data arose. The theory, Engaging Mutually, identified core categories of Initializing Engagement, Sympathetic Mutuality, and Therapeutic Enlightenment as being connected and working together to help provide effective health care. Engaging Mutually was identified as relevant to the theories of oppression, motivational expectancy, social justice, social cognitive, cultural competency, and Watson’s caring theory. The significance of this study was to assist NPs to gain a better understanding of how to work with Aboriginal people to improve their health. This study contributes to research, theory, leadership, and nursing and NP practice. Engaging Mutually may assist NPs and other health care providers to develop appropriate health care practices when working with Aboriginal people and potentially with people from other cultures.
|Advisor:||Mandel, Susan E.|
|Commitee:||Allen, Heather W., Boysen, Susan L.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Aboriginal, Building relationships, Engaging mutually, Health care, Indigenous, Nurse practitioner|
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