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Establishing a trusting nurse-immigrant mother relationship in the neonatal unit
【Abstract】 'In the neonatal intensive care unit, immigrant parents may experience even greater anxiety than other parents, particularly if they and the nurses do not share a common language.', 'To explore the complex issues of trust and the nurse–mother relationship in neonatal intensive care units when they do not share a common language.', 'This study has a qualitative design. Individual semi-structured in-depth interviews and two focus group interviews were conducted with eight immigrant mothers and eight neonatal intensive care unit nurses, respectively. Data analysis was based on Braun and Clarke’s thematic analytic method.', 'Approval was obtained from the hospital’s Scientific Committee and the Data Protection Officer. Interviewees were informed in their native language about confidentiality and they signed an informed consent form.', 'Trust was a focus for mothers and nurses alike. The mothers held that they were satisfied that their infants received the very best care. They seemed to find the nurses’ care and compassion unexpected and said they felt empowered by learning how to care for their infant. The nurses discussed the mother’s vulnerability, dependency on their actions, attitudes and behaviour.', 'Lack of a common language created a challenge. Both parties depended on non-verbal communication and eye contact. The nurses found that being compassionate, competent and knowledgeable were important trust-building factors. The mothers were relieved to find that they were welcome, could feel safe and their infants were well cared for.', 'The parents of an infant admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit have no choice but to trust the treatment and care their infant receives. Maternal vulnerability challenges the nurse’s awareness of the asymmetric distribution of power and ability to establish a trusting relationship with the mother. This is particularly important when mother and nurse do not share a verbal language. The nurses worked purposefully to gain trust.'
【Author】 Nina Margrethe Kynø, Ingrid Hanssen
【Keywords】 Clinical ethics,empirical approaches,ethics and children in care,existentialist,neonatal care,qualitative research
【Journal】 Nursing Ethics(IF:2) Time:2021-07-22
【DOI】 10.1177/09697330211003258 [Quote]
【Link】 Article PDF
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