Theses Doctoral

"Self-care and Telemetry Nurses"

Indar-Maraj, Mintie

Nurses constitute the foundation of America's healthcare system, and their roles are central to effective patient care in a variety of settings. Nurses are trained to give care and comfort to others. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory case study is to explore the experiences of registered nurses who take care of critically ill patients in telemetry units to gain a deeper understanding of how these telemetry nurses describe the self-care practices they employ to deal with the high demands of their job.

There exists a need to set in motion plans to preserve a healthy nursing workforce to care for America's aging population, now and in the future. Therefore, studying the well-being of telemetry nurses and how they care for themselves is crucial. Very little is known about how telemetry nurses manage their well-being through self-care practices. However, Duffy (2015) suggests this is important because "the secret of caring for patients is caring for our caregivers" (p. 5). The intent of the study is to gain a deeper understanding of the self-care practices employed by telemetry nurses and the real or perceived effectiveness of such practices. A deeper understanding of the phenomenon of “self-care practices” among this group of nurses may provide findings that allow nurse leaders, educators, regulatory agencies, and policy makers to design and implement the appropriate training, education, and environment needed to sustain a healthy telemetry nursing workforce.

The major finding from this study is this group of telemetry nurses’ self-care activity was primarily “Spirituality”. Thus, in relation to the Six Dimensions Wellness model, more attention is needed in the five other components as an indicator they are fully practicing self-care.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Organization and Leadership
Thesis Advisors
Volpe, Marie
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
Published Here
June 22, 2022