Date of Award

9-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

Supervisor

E. Gedge

Language

English

Abstract

In short, this work investigates the existing tensions between families of long-term care patients and their nurses. Insofar as these tensions directly result from poor levels of care that are currently administered in long-term care facilities, attention is drawn to how such inadequacies can be remedied through an in-depth exploration of inadequate resources, surrogate decision-making standards, the gendered nature of nursing, and the stigmatization of disability. By increasing social support and setting up non~ confrontational communication strategies, the tensions between nurses and patient families are alleviated but also suggest the possibility of extending these strategies to areas in nursing outside of long-term care.

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