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The lived experience of married women who place their husbands into a nursing home
thesisposted on 2023-05-26, 19:51 authored by Hills, T
The purpose of this study is to deepen understandings of the experience of married women who place their husbands into a nursing home. Interpretive research investigates our lived experience and addresses questions of being. A phenomenological study allows the particular and the unique meanings to be disclosed. Meaning and significance of placing one's husband into a nursing home remains hidden in much of the literature as a consequence of theoretical constructs entrenched within the positivist paradigm. The purpose of this study for nurses is found in bringing to the nursing discourse another perspective on this phenomenon. The insights gained from this study may radicalise thought and inform nursing practice. Conversation was chosen in anticipation of narrowing the gap between the researcher and the researched. These women's stories were descriptively written using their words. The philosophical thought of Heidegger helped guide the methodology and generate the understandings of the study. Through reflection on the conversations, understandings emerged. Three themes: connectedness; living out the tensions and re-discovery of self formed the thematic statement which describes the everyday experience of these three women. The lived experience of married women who place their husbands into a nursing home is expressed through a constant working towards maintaining a meaningful connection with their husband, whilst finding a new way of being as they live out the tensions associated with that placement.
Rights statementCopyright 1995 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (M.N.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references