Nursing in a technological environment: nursing care in the operating room

Bull, Rosalind, and FitzGerald, Mary (2006) Nursing in a technological environment: nursing care in the operating room. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12 (1). pp. 3-7.

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Operating room nurses continue to draw criticism regarding the appropriateness of a nursing presence in the operating room. The technological focus of the theatre and the ways in which nurses in the theatre have shaped and reshaped their practice in response to technological change have caused people within and outside the nursing profession to question whether operating room nursing is a technological rather than nursing undertaking. This paper reports findings from an ethnographic study that was conducted in an Australian operating department. The study examined the contribution of nurses to the work of the operating room through intensive observation and ethnographic interviews. This paper uses selected findings from the study to explore the ways in which nurses in theatre interpret their role in terms of caring in a technological environment.

Item ID: 3740
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-172X
Keywords: caring; ethnography; operating room nursing; perioperative nursing; technology
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 00:33
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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