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dc.contributor.supervisor Sedgwick, Monique G.
dc.contributor.author Reger, Megan Ashley
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-19T22:25:07Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-19T22:25:07Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/6320
dc.description.abstract L&D nurses play an integral role in the childbirth experience. With a predicted shortage of nurses and an increasing number of women experiencing complications in pregnancy, it is essential that the needs of L&D nurses are understood so they can continue to meet the growing demands of their profession. Although research pertaining to midwifery and L&D nursing is growing, studies pertaining to pregnant registered nurses working on L&D are limited. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to begin to address this gap. My primary research question was: “What is the pregnancy and birth experience of a registered nurse working on L&D?” To address this question, data were collected through individual, semistructured interviews completed via videoconferencing with nurses who worked while pregnant on L&D units. From these data, thematic analysis resulted in one overarching theme of transformation. The thematic arc of transformation captures the transitions of a pregnant nurse’s identity as she becomes pregnant, experiences her own birth story, returns to practice, and views birthing with new eyes because of her own journey. The theme of transformation is supported by three categories, with each category representing unique transitions the nurse goes through: (a) balancing act, (b) the power of the sisterhood, and (c) becoming a mother. Providing a description of an L&D nurse’s pregnancy and childbirth experience can inform how human and professional resources are allocated and implemented for L&D nurses who work while pregnant, which may increase the retention and well-being of these skilled healthcare providers. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences) en_US
dc.subject labour and delivery en_US
dc.subject nursing en_US
dc.subject childbirth en_US
dc.subject occupation en_US
dc.subject pregnancy en_US
dc.subject emotional well-being en_US
dc.subject Labour (Obstetrics) en_US
dc.subject Delivery (Obstetrics) en_US
dc.subject Pregnancy--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Childbirth--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Maternity nursing--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Obstetrics en_US
dc.subject Pregnant women--Employment en_US
dc.subject Nurse and patient en_US
dc.subject Nurses--Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Nurses--Job satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Employee retention en_US
dc.subject Experience en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Intersecting identities: labour and delivery nurses' experience of pregnancy and childbirth en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0569 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0380 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0680 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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