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Nursing Practices in Catholic Healthcare: A Case Study of Nurses in a Catholic Private Hospital


We aimed to investigate Catholic Identity and Mission communication specifically how nurses were expressing the Catholic healthcare values in practice. A mixed-methods, case study design was used and included non-participant observation, a mid-level manager focus group (n = 7) and online surveys (n = 144). Document and observational data analysis revealed the organisation’s commitment to visible indication of Catholic values adherence. Focus group analysis revealed two themes, ‘Catholic values in action’ and ‘taking the extra step’. The impact of Catholic Identity and Mission on nurses and nursing care recipients remains elusive and warrants further understanding.

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This study was supported by St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne Ltd. The funding organisation had no involvement in the research design, conduct or associated publications arising from the study. The authors would like to thank Ms Catherine Humphrey and Mr Dexter Rogers for their assistance with data collection and also Gerard Smith for his contribution.

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Edward, Kl., Giandinoto, JA., Mills, C. et al. Nursing Practices in Catholic Healthcare: A Case Study of Nurses in a Catholic Private Hospital. J Relig Health 57, 1664–1678 (2018).

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