RN, DipT (Nurse Ed), BEd, PhD
The construction of autonomy in nursing, PhD Thesis.
The understanding of autonomy in nursing needs to be enriched by the distinction between freedom and autonomy. The philosophical literature is analysed and definitions for freedom and autonomy are developed. The nursing literature is reviewed and critiqued in relation to the definitions of autonomy and it is argued only freedom, labelled as autonomy, is discussed and explored. A research project is described which explored nurses construction of autonomy that was compared with the definitions of freedom and autonomy. On the surface, the participants construction of autonomy is similar to that found in the nursing literature, but deeper analysis uncovered a richer construction that is more consistent with the philosophical distinctions. The most important conclusion drawn is that the nursing profession needs to consider the possibility its conception of autonomy may be flawed and focused more on freedom than autonomy. Implications for research, education, and professional practice are described.
PhD - OCT 2013
PhD - JUL 2009
PhD - OCT 2011
Member: Australian Nurse Teachers' Society
Member: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
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