Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The fundamental concepts of transcultural nursing]


OCTOBER 30, 2016

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2016;29(05)

[This publication is focused on fundamental concepts of transcultural nursing. It aims to raise awareness of nurses the importance of transcultural nursing. The founder of transcultural nursing is Madeleine M. Leininger (1925-2012).]



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[Delivery of the bad news communication in the pediatrics]

NÉMETH Andrea, MÁTÉ Orsolya

[The aim of the study: Evaluation of health professionals’ attitude and the circumstances of delivering bad news in a pediatric inpatient institute. Materials and methods: Exploring, quantitative and cross-section study with the help of self-administered questionnaires among doctors and nurses (n=109). The electronic software used for analysis: SPSS 20.0. Descriptive statistics, chi-squared test and ANOVA-test were applied (p<0.05). Satisfaction with the delivery of bad news and the circumstances of communication were considered as dependent variables. Demographic data, as well as experience in communication trainings/ skills in delivering bad news were defined as independent variables. Results: Health professionals working in the studied institute cannot rely on any protocol regarding the delivery of bad news. However 65.1% of respondents feel the need for a guideline. 56% of subjects did not have any education on the communication of bad news. Emotional support of parents is achieved through information materials (24.8%) and psychological guidance (60.6%). Conclusions: The study shows that in pediatric institutes it would be necessary to work out a guideline for delivering bad news and to organize communicational trainings for those involved.]

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[Empathy research among nurses - comparison of the scales empathy: Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE) and the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI)]

NAGY Ivett Klára, ÖREG Zsolt

[Aim of the research: comparison of the two internationally validated self-administered questionnaire (Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE) (Hojat et al., 2001, 2002a, 2002b, 2003) and the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) (Davis, 1983) - during empathy research among nurses. Research and sampling methods: a quantitative cross-sectional study applying two internationally validated self-administered questionnaire (Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE)), as well as home-made socio-demographic survey, shared online. The online questionnaires have been completed by 101 nurses in different age, having different qualification levels and working currently in Hungary in different areas of health care. The sample consists of 91 women and 10 men nurses. 89 nurses work in hospitals in the sample, 7 of them work in health centre one of them is ambulance officer and 4 of them are home nurse. Results: The applied questionnaire is acceptable based on the reliability statistical analysis (Cronbach’s  0.798 and 0.817). The results of IRI show in scale exploiting the professional specificity. In case of Perspective taking the used scale range is 11-28, while in the case of personal distress it shrank to 2-22 interval (as long as the total range is 1-28). Average and standard deviation in each dimension are (s): EC = 19.4 (s = 4.26); PT = 18.5 (s = 4.26); FS = 17.23 (s = 5.32), and PD = 10.85 (s = 4.66). In the total range of JSPE scale the mean empathy level is 98.5 and the standard deviation is 14.425. The same correlation relationship turned up between these two questionnaires as the developer published. These underline profession specific dimensions with direct association of the patient care (r factor EC=0,507, PT=0,447). Most of the questions related to socio-demographic factors have not been verified. Relationship emerged between the gender and the IRI personal distress dimension and the empathy value of JSPE according to the assumption for the benefit of women. It appears in scale of JSPE in perspective taking factor primarily. The extra working time had no show link with empathy, but private sector workers’ empathic concern was higher. The religion as a sociological characteristics was represented in the fantasy scale dimension of the IRI with a significantly higher value. It failed to detect any connection between the empathy and satisfaction of needs. Conclusion: Based on the study the JSPE questionnaire is admissible in Hungary. Next to the IRI it can reveal the empathy dimensions major from the patient’s view and it can make so comparable the empathy levels in other similar research projects. The women’s higher emphatic level was verified, but the length of the practice, the qualification and other socio-demographic aspects need further investigation, their effect aren’t discovered even in the research literature. Researchers steady emphasize how important is the empathy in the patient care to improve the efficacy of which would be accounted in Hungarian postgraduate courses as well. ]

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[Prenatal care and the role of midwifery in Europe and in Hungary]

SZÖLLŐSI Katalin, KÖVI Rita, SZABÓ László

[Aim of the study: To provide a picture about the prenatal care practice and assess the attitude of obstetrics and midwives about the new prenatal care system in Hungary. To compare the Hungarian prenatal care system with that of other countries in the European Union (Finland, England). Procedure and Sample: We used self-developed questionarre with 50 midwives, 40 pregnants and interview with 5 midwives and 5 obstetricians. To compare the prenatal care systems in the EU we used the experienses of a study trip in Finland and informations from international databases. Results: 8% of the midwives work in prenatal care, 32% of participants are not interested in this field. In their view the new system is not elaborated yet, they need more professional survellance. Obstetricians acknowledge the competence of midwifery, however they suggest to gain more practical knowledge on the field. 75% of participating pregnant women would have chosen the prenatal care of obstetricians. The role of midwives in prenatal care is significant in Europe. The Hungarian system is unique, which is approached to the european practice by introduce the new prenatal care system. Discussion: The new Hungarian prenatal care system has several loops in its structure and effectiveness from the view of midwives and obstetricians.]

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[Innovation - the miracle drug for the problems of our national healthcare]


[The aim of the study: get to choose what kind of institutional care workers approach, attitudes, needs of the patient and the possibilities offered by the institute in the field of clinical pharmacology studies. To assess how informed professional staff and patients about clinical trials and how relationships are in the area to join clinical trials from both sides. Test methods and sample: The research was descriptive statistical method, typically numeric data gathering. To carry out the data collection realized questionnaires, the study carried out in two directions, side of the patient and health professional approaching. Results: Based on the results of the survey has been stopping that most doctors - nexus between the patient and their disease outcome in patients affected by their decisions. 62.5% of the professional staff motivated to participate in the trials. Conclusions: The studies offer a range of possibilities, such as grills experience in development of innovative products, techniques, and the use of professionally organized and structured testing methodologies.]

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[The analysis of influencing factors of population’s participation in colorectal screening programs]


[Aim of the study: The aim of the study was to investigate the influencing factors of participation in screening programs in the population, and to make suggestions to improve the participation rate of these programs. Sample and method: The study was retrospective and not randomised. Self-administered questionnaire was applied among general practitioners’ patients in specific outpatient units of Győr (n=210). SPSS statistical program was used to analyse the data with descriptive and mathematical statistics. Results: 30 % of the sample was male and 70% was female. 50% of the respondents did not know the colorectal screening methods, and only 30% participated in one of them. The reasons of refusal to participate in a screening program were lack of symptoms and fear of the investigation. 94% of the respondents thought that they and other people in their environment could be motivated to participate in the colorectal screening programs. The most effective method was indicated as adequate information about the programs provided by GPs. Conclusions: Our results showed that the given population does not have enough information about colorectal cancer and its screening methods, and several misleading information exists among them, which is resulted in low participation rate of screening programs. ]

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[Nursing career of the high-school students]


[Aim of the research: The aim of the study is to analyze the trends of student orientation in the age and compulsory education process by age group. In our research, we would like to answer the question of how much „popularity” the health care profession as a professional area among students participating in Hungarian public education. If you feel this area of expertise close to you, what kind of vision you have. Research and sampling methods: A self-constructed questionnaire was administered during 24 Oct 2017 - 13 Jan 2018. In all counties of Hungary, the authors sent it to at least one of the training sites and filled up with me (N=329). These training sites are involved in healthcare training. Data were analysed with SPSS 15.0 for Windows statistical program. Chi square, Mann-Whitney tests were applied (p <0,05). Results: Out of the 159 people (48%), 170 (52%) in the family have healthcare workers. When performing the controls of the distributions, we can conclude that there is no significant difference in the distribution between the two groups, so there is the same number - that is, statistically significant difference - of the proportion of those willing to choose the health care path. In terms of career choice, 276 (86%) of respondents believe it is likely to be oriented towards the health care path, with 46 people (14%) planning their life is in another direction. Seven of its principal did not answer the question. By completing the Mann-Whitney test, we can conclude that there is no significant difference between the two groups in the medians, so there is no difference - that is, statistically significant difference - with respect to career choice as a nursing profession’s esteem. Of the 329 participants, 215 (65%) replied that they would like to work as a nurse, while 114 (35%) responded that they would not choose this job. Conclusion: Don’t influence significantly the career entrant if there is a healthcare worker in the family. Who stand in front of career choice don’t influence significantly the appreciation but is more motivated by sympathy and helplessness toward another person.]

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[Associated factors of independency in older adults with cognitive impairment living in a long term care institute]


[Aim of the research: Functional independence determines the elderly’s health and quality of life. In them cross-sectional study the authors analysed the associations between functional abilities (balance, gait, functional mobility, cognitive abilities), age, BMI and comorbidities and independency in older adults with cognitive impairment. Research and sampling methods: 110 elderly people were measured. Self-sufficiency was measured by the Katz-index, balance, and gait by the Tinetti Test and functional mobility by the Timed Up and Go Test. Correlations between variables were analysed with the Spearman’s rank-order correlation. Results: There was strong association between balance (r=0,557), gait (r=0,515), functional mobility (r=-0,647), and independency. It means the better the balance, gait, and functional mobility is, the higher the independency is. There was weak association between age, BMI, cognitive abilities, comorbidities and independency. Conclusion: Results show that preserving of the functional independence in older adults with cognitive impairment is a multidisciplinary task: physiotherapists and nurses should work together to complete doctors’ curative work of chronic diseases.]

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[On nursing in a different way - What are we talking about? ]

SÖVÉNYI Ferencné, PERKÓ Magdolna, FEDINECZNÉ Vittay Katalin

[Using an uncustomary approach to nursing history, authors review the intensive development process in the 1990s that resulted in the transition of nursing from an occupation to profession in Hungary. An occupa­tion attains professional status if its practitio­ners have access to education and training of a considerable duration, it has independent professional organisation, an ethical code of its own and is regulated by law. The article addresses these factors discussing at length the history and development of nurs­ing education and training in Hungary, subsequently it describes the process arching from practical nursing to the appearance of nursing science, an intrinsic part of which was the birth of a scientific nursing journal “Nővér”. The relevant and effective legislation on nursing and nursing practice is re­viewed comprehensively and the efforts to establish professional nursing organisations are described. It is maintained that framework conditions had to be established as a necessary precondition for nursing to professionalise itself on its own and become a vocation highly regarded by society. ]

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[Awareness of Blood donation-related issues among paramedical professionals in Hungary]

RAJKI Veronika, HIRDI Henriett Éva, BALOGH Zoltán, MÉSZÁROS Judit

[Aim of the research: To assess the blood donation-related knowledge of paramedical professionals working in the fields of nursing and care-giving, emergency care, surgical care and obstetric care in Hungary. Sample and method: The anonymous, self-completion questionnaire used in the survey was based on the „Eurobarometer 41.0 (1995): Europeans and Blood” survey, which the authors supplemented with their own questions. The authors conducted a web-based survey. The survey took place between 15 July and 15 September 2012, among paramedical professionals in four different professional groups, using a convenience sampling method. The authors analysed the collected data with IBM SPSS Statistics 20 software and the Kingsoft Office Spreadsheet (2012) program, using a descriptive statistical method and chi square test. Results: The survey took place with the participation of 312 paramedical professionals. Based on the results of the survey it was established that all the professional groups displayed gaps in their knowledge regarding blood donation. 86.19% of respondents have a correct understanding of blood donation. No significant differences can be observed between the levels of knowledge in the individual professional groups. Conclusions: The results display some significant and some non-significant correlations, as well as stochastic relationships relating to the distribution within the submanifolds. In the interest of eliminating the gaps in knowledge that were revealed in respect of the individual issues, the authors highlight the need for further training of paramedical professionals regarding blood donation.]

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[Managing faecal incontinence with a rectal catheter]

STELA Gilanová, KOLLÁROVÁ Lívia, PAPP Katalin

[All patients have the right to the appropriate treatment and level of comfort during their stay in hospital. One of the basic requirements of quality nursing is the assurance of bodily hygiene and humane treatment. In our paper we would describe rectal catheterisation, which is now a widely used procedure in the care of patients with faecal incontinence in Slovakia. Moreover, we cite specific data on the economic benefits of using a rectal catheter.]