The Educational Needs of Professional Hospice Staff: An Ethnographic Inquiry

dc.contributor.advisorRaffin-Bouchal, Shelley
dc.contributor.authorMason, Andrea
dc.contributor.committeememberSinclair, Shane
dc.contributor.committeememberGinn, Carla
dc.contributor.committeememberVenturato, Lorraine
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T14:27:12Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T14:27:12Z
dc.date.issued2021-08-26
dc.description.abstractHospice care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of professional staff includes care of those individuals with a life-limiting illness and a prognosis of days to a few months. It serves a variety of individuals with a combination of multiple diseases and co-morbidities and provides support for their families. A skilled health workforce is needed to deliver quality hospice and palliative care services. Inconsistencies in hospice staff knowledge and provided education have been identified locally in Alberta and across Canada. In previous studies, hospice nurses have identified knowledge deficits in pain and symptom management, psychological and spiritual care, and communication with dying patients. This research, engaging a focused ethnographic methodology, occurred at a local 26-bed hospice. I immersed myself in the hospice culture and in the research process to understand ways that the culture of hospice care can shape the educational needs of professional hospice staff. Data consisted of semi-structured interviews of hospice staff key participants, observations of interdisciplinary hospice professionals during their daily work, examination of hospice cultural documents and artifacts, and the writing of field notes over three months. The study findings suggest that at the core of the hospice staff educational needs lies three primary themes: communication as an essential foundation of quality care; interdisciplinary collaboration is vital for team cohesiveness and lastly, the central care philosophy utilized by the hospice interdisciplinary team is person/resident and family-centered care. These findings offer suggestions for hospice education and further research. Relational care is foundational for this philosophy, with trusting relationships at the forefront of care.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMason, A. (2021). The Educational Needs of Professional Hospice Staff: An Ethnographic Inquiry (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca.
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/39160
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/113817
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher.facultyNursingen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subjectHospice Palliative Education Learningen_US
dc.subjectEthnography hospice staff educational needsen_US
dc.subjectHospice staff educational needsen_US
dc.subjectPalliative staff educational needsen_US
dc.subjectend of life staff educational needsen_US
dc.subjectEthnography hospiceen_US
dc.subjecthospiceen_US
dc.subjectpalliativeen_US
dc.subjecteducationen_US
dc.subjectlearningen_US
dc.subjectend of lifeen_US
dc.subjectEthnographyen_US
dc.subject.classificationEducation--Curriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.subject.classificationEducation--Healthen_US
dc.subject.classificationEducation--Social Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.classificationAnthropology--Culturalen_US
dc.subject.classificationAnthropology--Medical and Forensicen_US
dc.subject.classificationSociology--Organizationalen_US
dc.subject.classificationSocial Structure and Developmenten_US
dc.subject.classificationBiophysics--Medicalen_US
dc.subject.classificationHealth Care Managementen_US
dc.subject.classificationMedicine and Surgeryen_US
dc.subject.classificationNursingen_US
dc.subject.classificationChemistryen_US
dc.subject.classificationEngineering--Biomedicalen_US
dc.subject.classificationPsychology--Socialen_US
dc.titleThe Educational Needs of Professional Hospice Staff: An Ethnographic Inquiryen_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Nursing (MN)en_US
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