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Behind the doors : an ethnographic account of operating room nursing practice


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Harley, JH 1997 , 'Behind the doors : an ethnographic account of operating room nursing practice', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The practice of the operating room nurse is hidden from most nurses
and patients behind the doors of the theatre suite. This 'hidden' world,
shrouds operating room nursing practice in an air of mystery. Nurses
outside the operating room may only guess at how the day to day
reality of nursing practice in the operating room is constructed. The
role of the operating room nurse is described within the literature as
having a 'perioperative' focus which encompasses operating room
nursing care throughout the patient's experience of surgery.
The question driving this thesis asks operating room nurses how they
describe their practice and explores the day to day practice of these
nurses through the stories they tell. Using an ethnographic
methodology, six operating room nurses share their stories which
depict their understandings of the nurse's role in the operating room
and communicate their experiences of practice.
Within the data chapters the nurses tell stories of coming to theatre
and their understandings of the role of the operating room nurse. With
the exception of one nurse, the understandings of the nurses in the
focus group contrast sharply with the notions of the 'perioperative' role
contained within the professional literature.
The second of the data chapters focuses on the stories the nurses tell of
their experiences in operating room nursing practice. The stories
communicate the biomedical influence on nursing practice in the
operating room as the nurses' views of the 'object body' are revealed.
The nurse's role is also exposed to be a series of tasks which are directed
to the support of the surgical team.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Harley, JH
Keywords: Surgical nursing, Operating room nursing
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Copyright 1997 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).

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Thesis (MN)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

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