A Phenomenological Study: To explore Registered Nurses’ perception and experiences of health and wellbeing with particular focus on weight management
Background: Reviewing literature highlighted that Registered Nurses’ (RN) hold an influential role in health promotion and weight management. Therefore, it is necessary for them to understand the importance of health and wellbeing. Yet literature also confirms that weight management is not just a current issue within the nursing profession but more importantly a global epidemic. However, it became apparent that literature omits to gain an understanding of weight management from the perception and opinions of Registered Nurses’ themselves. Aims & Objectives: This proposed research study aims to explore Registered Nurses’ perception and experiences of health and wellbeing with particular focus on weight management. In order to arrive at a conclusion, the study aims to gain a deeper understanding of how the phenomena of health and wellbeing, specifically weight management, is perceived by Registered Nurses. It will also allow the opportunity to explore Registered Nurses’ views on how weight management affects their personal and professional role. Method: This phenomenological study, will take place over a three-week timeframe in prebooked meeting rooms within the Royal Infirmary Hospital, Edinburgh. Allowing 8-10 Registered Nurses to voluntarily consent to take part within the study. In view that this is a sensitive topic to explore, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews will be utilised. Interviews will provide insight into Registered Nurses thoughts, feelings and perceptions in relation to the phenomena and how it affects their personal and professional role. From this research future implications for nursing practice could influence potential changes within policy and practice. This may result after considering Registered Nurses opinions and perception of health and wellbeing.