Exploring the Experiences of Complementary Nurses: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. II: Research Methodology, Second Edition


This qualitative phenomenological study investigated a purposeful sample of 16 nurses practicing complementary therapies within their scope of nursing practice. The purpose of this qualitative study explored the experiences of the nurses practicing complementary therapies and determined if the nurses’ perceived scope of care is satisfying to their professional practice. The study explored the lived experiences of nurses practicing complementary therapies using a Complementary Nurses’ Perception Interview Guide. The study used NVivo8 software to categorize the collected data. The results of the study demonstrated the emergence of four main themes that included a description of complementary therapies and nurses’ decision making, stakeholders’ responses, caring presence, nurses’ feelings, and the challenge and opportunities related to the availability of time. The study’s participants revealed during one-on-one interviews the transpersonal experiences of providing complementary therapies to their patients that contributed to their professional identification and fulfillment in their role as a nurse. The study offers practical steps that demonstrate nursing leadership’s opportunity to integrate complementary therapies into nursing practice that enhance nurses’ satisfaction by providing healing experiences, creating a sense of fulfillment in care delivery, and improving satisfaction and retention.
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