Title: Strengthening the caring cultures ethical foundations - A research project
Susanne Salmela1, PhD, Lisbet Nyström, PhD
1Vaasa Central Hospital, Finland
2Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Background: A research- and developmental project between Vaasa Central Hospital and Åbo Akademi University was carried out 2013-2017, with Novia and Vaasa University of Applied Sciences as collaborators. The research project was financed by the special state subsidies (EVO-financing) and a hermeneutical application research design was employed through four different stages: survey, application, implementation and evaluation. The aim of the project was to pursue clinical interventions and new knowledge of caring science.
Aim: To survey basic ethical values of a sustainable caring culture and to highlight these in nursing care. The aim was also to implement new clinical routines and habits, and to contribute to the theory generation of caring science concerning ethical sustainable cultures.
Method: A web-questionnaire was used for the survey, which was analyzed by descriptive statistics and qualitative content analysis. In the application stage, reflective dialogues were carried out. The dialogues were evaluated by a questionnaire and a focus group interview, which was analyzed by qualitative content analysis.
Results: A theoretical and an empirical picture of an ethical sustainable caring culture was received, and an ethical practice model was created. The innovations in practice constituted by ethics as a theme in developing conversations, ethical commitments, an ethical course in Moodle, handbook on values and ethical conversations. Through the presented innovations, an ethical sustainable caring culture will kept alive.
Conclusion: With the help of a hermeneutical application research design, similar project can be carried out in close cooperation with health care organizations, universities and universities of applied sciences. The project has reached theoretical results, clinical interventions and products (7), and has also resulted in scientific articles (9), master thesis (9), and conference abstracts (9).
Audience Take Away:
- Similar project can be carried out in close cooperation with health care organizations, universities and universities of applied sciences.
- In this study a hermeneutical application research design was useful, and can be recommended.
- The project has reached theoretical results, clinical interventions, products, scientific articles, master thesis, and conference abstracts.
Susanne Salmela is PhD (Caring Sciences), MLS, Director of Nursing Development at Vaasa Central Hospital. Salmela is responsible for the program of students´ supervision in their clinical study modules at the hospital, in close cooperation with the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS:s). Salmela is participating in different developmental- and research projects, among other things the national decubitus prevalence study and the Inter-Nordic study of PhD-prepared nurses. Salmela was among other things responsible for, and the chairman of the research project titled “Ethical Sustainable Caring Cultures” in close cooperation with Åbo Akademi University and the UAS