Factors Influencing Nurses' Perspectives
YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK HAS A PROFOUND IMPACT ON HOW YOU THINK ABOUT MAID.
For example, values passed down through your FAMILY will likely have a significant influence on whether you are comfortable with participating. Likewise, the values and opinions of your close work colleagues may influence both your experiences and, ultimately, your decision to participate or not.
If you live in a rural COMMUNITY or are part of a community in which people tend to share information widely, your decision to participate, or not, in MAID may have far reaching implications for how community members view you and your nursing role.
Another important factor influencing your values is the experiences you have had in your PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Some nurses in our studies shared stories of their sense of helplessness in the face of extreme patient suffering. Sometimes this suffering arose as a direct consequence of a medical condition, but often that suffering was iatrogenic -- it arose because of patients’ interactions with the health system and their lack of control over their treatment decisions and quality of life.