An Australian investigation of emotional work, emotional well-being and professional practice: an emancipatory inquiry

Rose, Jayln and Glass, Nel (2010) An Australian investigation of emotional work, emotional well-being and professional practice: an emancipatory inquiry. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 (9-10). pp. 1405-1414. ISSN 0962-1067

Abstract

Aims and objectives. This study set out to explore the relationship between emotional work, emotional well-being and professional practice of generalist community health nurses who provided palliative care to clients living at home. Background. Research suggests that palliative care practice is emotionally demanding and at times challenging. Whilst nurses find their palliative practice a source of job satisfaction the associated stresses can impact on nurses emotional well-being. Design. A qualitative emancipatory methodology informed this study. Methods. Semi-structured interviews/storytelling and reflective journaling were the two methods applied. Sixteen community health nurses including the researcher participated. Thematic analysis of the data was undertaken. Results. The concept of emotional well-being is associated with nurses’ feelings of being balanced or out of balance. There is a pervasive interconnectedness between emotional work, emotional well-being and professional practice that is influenced by factors such as organisational and workplace issues; communication with health professionals, professional boundaries; education and professional development. Three major interwoven themes emerged highlighting that palliative care provision was demanding and rewarding, yet dependent on the nurse’s comfortability within practice. Self-care is also important to the generalist nurses and strategies to enhance well-being include healthy lifestyle choices, debriefing, self-validation, assertiveness and emotional support. Conclusions. Emotional well-being is complex and multifaceted. The value of emotional well-being to professional practice is important. Palliative care provision is associated with demands, rewards and comfortability. It is essential that attention be given to the experiences of generalist community health nurses who engage in palliative care provision. Relevance to clinical practice. As the demand for community palliative care increases, the issues that limit and enhance the emotional well-being of generalist palliative care nurses’ become critical.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 18 May 2011 09:02
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; emancipation; emotional well-being; emotional work; generalist community health nurses; palliative care
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111718 Residential Client Care
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02997.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18518

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