"Hinabing Ugnayan": Nature of Caring Among Filipino Nurses Working with Children
Repository Posting Date2017-12-04T20:16:35Z
Author(s)Martinez, Rudolf Cymorr Kirby P.
Author DetailsRudolf Cymorr Kirby P. Martinez, PhD, MA, RN, CAA, LMT, CSTP, FRIN, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Level of EvidenceQualitative Study, Phenomenology
Research ApproachQualitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsCaring; Caring -- Evaluation; Nurses -- Philippines; Nurses; Filipinos; Pediatric Nursing
This study, rooted on the phenomenological philosophy, explored the nature of caring among Filipino nurses working with children. Seven (7) participants were gathered as co-researchers and were carefully chosen based on the following present criteria: They are willing to articulate, share, participate, and describe their lived experiences, and they are registered nurses, currently working at a pediatric hospital for at least two years. The experiences of the co-researchers were subsequently gathered and enriched via the following methods: Interview, Storytelling, Participant Observation, Art, Group Discussion, Immersion and Reflective Resonance. Subsequently, three levels of reflective analysis was done following the process developed by the researcher, grounded on the interpretive phenomenology and ethnography. Through the process of reflective analysis, three themes have surfaced and are as follows: (a) “Alaga sa Pasyente”: Caring for the Body, (b) “Kalinga sa Tao”: Caring for the Person, (c) “Malasakit sa Kapwa”: Caring for Humanity. Further reflection found that for the co-researchers, to care for a child is to symbolically weave the very fabric of the child's life into their own being, sharing both the joy of their divine existence and the burden of their mortal frailty. It is an experience where pagmamalasakit and pakikiramdam are values lived in caring in a context where healing and suffering are intertwined realities of life. Therefore, the essence of caring as appreciated by the co-researcher is embodied by “oneness”. Insight from this study revealed that the co-researchers appreciate caring in a different and unique context thus there is a need to explore more on our own understanding of the caring phenomenon. For it is necessary that one must understand and connect first with their own culture to fully understand other people cultures as well and in the process make them proud of their own uniqueness and complexities as Filipino nurses.
Keywords: Caring, Phenomenology, Pediatric
Advisor(s)Natulla, Erlinda L.
Degree GrantorAsian Social Institute
Date of Publication2017-12-04
NotesThis work has been approved through a peer-review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
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