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Qualitative Research in Health NW (MMU) Seminar Series: Monday 23 October

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Professional Accountability and the Nurse: A Heideggerian Hermeneutical Study

Lorna Chesterton, PhD student, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Professional accountability in nursing is considered to be the foundation of nursing practice and governs the individual’s professional standards and responsibilities (NMC, 2015). The ideals contained within professional accountability are linked to clinical governance through the provision of high quality safe care delivery (NHS England, 2014). Historical and contemporary government investigations have consistently highlighted a negative organisational culture in the NHS, and specifically in nursing, questioning the extent to which the ideals of professional accountability in reality impact upon patient care.

In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, the study has sought to explore how nurses experience and perceive professional accountability in their everyday working practices. Data was collected from seven semi-structured interviews with qualified nurses, working in the NHS. An analysis of the interviews was guided by Heidegger's (1927/2010) concept of the hermeneutic circle, a process which values the interpreters experience and values. The utilisation of an interpretive approach has illustrated how historical, cultural, political and social constructs have influenced and effected nurses understanding, actions and meanings related to professional accountability in practice. The presentation will make recommendations for nursing, to achieve a positive culture, through changes in leadership, governance, and support.

This session will be of interest to other researchers and PhD students who have an interest in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, and the research approach of Heideggerian Hermeneutics.

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Lorna Chesterton is in the third year of a part time PhD program. She has completed her data collection, data analysis and is currently writing up her thesis. Lorna’s background is in nursing, enjoying a career spanning over thirty years. Her area of interest has been in professional accountability in nursing, and chose to select a Heideggerian Hermeneutical approach to investigate this phenomena. Lorna will discuss all aspects of her research journey, along with her findings and the impacts which her study may have upon practice

For more information please email Julie Marshall at j.e.marshall@mmu.ac.uk.


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