THE CONCEPT OF NURSING IN THE PHILIPPINES FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF NURSES IN REGION I

Francis Don L. Nero, PhD, RN

Abstract


This research endeavored to describe the concept of nursing in the Philippines from
the perspective of Ilocano nurses for the purpose of developing a nursing description which is
based on the Filipino nurses’ perception on their nursing practice that will contribute to the
richness of the concept of nursing in the Philippines. The descriptive phenomenology of
qualitative research was employed. The participants of the study were the 16 practicing nurses
in Region I (Ilocos Region) who were identified through purposive sampling based on the set
inclusion criteria. The researcher utilized the in- depth semi-structured individual interview to
gather the data and used the Collaizi’s method in data analysis. The findings of the study
revealed four (4) major themes: 1) Mangtaraken or Caring, 2) Mangpasantak or Nurturing, 3)
Mangipateg or Valuing, and 4) Mangsalimetmet or Preserving. Nurses in the Ilocos Region
describe the concept of nursing in the Philippines as mangtaraken which described as the art,
science and discipline of caring, mangpasantak which aims to nurture an individual,
mangipateg which pertains to valuing the individual, family and community and
mangsalimetmet which refers to the preservation of the profession, culture and knowledge
generation. The findings revealed that the description of nursing is culture-based that is
deeply rooted to their traits as Ilocanos.
Keywords: Concept of nursing, perspective of nurses, Ilocano nurses, Region I,
Ilocos Region, caring, nurturing, valuing, preserving

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