Isolation From "Being Alive": Coping with Severe Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
The title of the research offers indication of the focal topic by stating “Isolation” and “Coping”. The population focus is also stated which is those who are pregnant and experiencing nausea and vomiting.
The phenomenon of nausea, vomiting and retching is clearly defined in those who are pregnant. The researcher identifies the populations varying symptoms throughout pregnancy and treatment options of the past and present. The etiology and treatment have been the focus of previous research rather than the exploration of how women feel and cope with the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
The purpose of the research is clearly stated. “The theoretical approach is appropriate when ascribing meaning to a dynamic event(Wuest,1995),such as nausea, vomiting, or retching, in that the goal is an understanding of the process through which those experiencing its most severe manifestations are able to “cope”. The research is presented in the context that nurse’s need to gain insight into how women cope with nausea and vomiting in order to provide appropriate care.
The research questions are broad and open ended. This allowed participants to elaborate on how they felt about the questions being asked. (“What is it like to be in the hospital when you are feeling this sick?”, “What have those close to you, your employer, and your caregivers, done that has been helpful or not helpful?”, What makes you feel better or worse?”)
The researcher clearly identifies the need for this research by stating the importance of nurse’s to understand nausea and vomiting in pregnancy which requires hospitalization to provide appropriate care beyond that of traditional treatment (medication and etiology). The use of a descriptive exploratory method is important due to great variability to describe a subjective sensation, nurse’s perception of nausea and vomiting differs from that...