Experiences of gynecologic oncology nurses regarding caring behaviors: a hermeneutic phenomenological study


JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, vol.42, no.1, pp.29-39, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0167482x.2020.1726316
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-39
  • Keywords: Caring behaviors, hermeneutic, gynecology oncology, nursing, nurses experiences, phenomenology, STRATEGIES, ATTITUDES, SEXUALITY, WOMEN, RIGOR
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: This study aims to explore the caring behaviors experiences of gynecologic oncology nurses. Methods: This study was conducted with phenomenological hermeneutical approach. This study was carried out 14 nurses working on women with gynecologic cancer. Data were collected through individual interview method by using semi-structured interview guide. Data were analyzed using a phenomenological hermeneutical method. Results: Caring behaviors experiences of gynecologic oncology nurses were explained by the themes "missed caring behaviors", "transition from work-centered to care-centered approach", and "transition to caring-healing approach". The first theme, "missed caring behaviors" included two subthemes: "focusing on routines" and "superficial relationships". The second theme, "transition from routine to care-centered" included three subthemes: "barrier perception", "off the record" and "controlled attachment". The last theme, "transition to caring-healing" consisted of the subthemes "ideal care conscience", "presenting presence", "looking through her window", "healing with caring behaviors". The main theme was reached as "caring behaviors: the focus of nursing". Conclusion: This study suggests that gynecologic oncology nurses need to adequately and efficiently improve on caring behaviors in an intense caring environment.