Self-Care, Self-Care Agency, and Self-Rounding: A Descriptive Study Focusing on Self-Care Agency between Bedside Nurses and Nursing Students
121 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2018
Date Written: March 12, 2018
This descriptive study provides data between two groups for the purpose of exploring differences and similarities of nursing students and nurses, while building a foundation of knowledge for further understanding on the topic of self-care agency. This project quantified the self-care agency between bedside nurses and nursing students, who represent comparable populations at different stages of professional development. Self-rounding is introduced to the sample group as a simple concept that prompts a nurse to frequently complete a self-assessment followed by a brief self-care activity. This study blends known nursing knowledge and nursing theory to create a functional application in the clinical setting. A quasi-experimental quantitative method was used for collecting descriptive data from first and second year nursing students and seasoned staff nurses. The use of the Exercise of Self-Care Agency Scale (ESCA) measured the self-care agency in the areas of responsibility, motivation, self-esteem, and value of health priorities. The survey generated acceptable responses from 77 nursing students and 128 registered nurses. The statistical analysis demonstrated a near mirror image in self-care agency between nursing students and registered nurses. The results and conclusions created an interesting base from which to launch additional studies on the topic of self-care for nurses. The goal of this study was to provide foundational understanding that provides direction for further study and introduce the new concept of self-rounding.
Keywords: self-rounding, self-care agency, patient rounding, well-being
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