TWU Thesis Collection

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The Messiah and Eschatology in the Psalms of Solomon
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Scott Reynolds (author), na na (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The central purpose of this thesis is to read the Psalms of Solomon as a literary and theological whole while considering the particular historical and theological milieu in which they were written. My reading of the Psalms of Solomon will demonstrate that, in these poems, the Messiah is expected to be a Davidic monarch who will restore the righteous to their appropriate position under the rule of YHWH with a decisive victory that will include the ingathering of the exiles in the penultimate period of history and an everlasting theocratic peace. I will further demonstrate that the writers of these psalms came to this conclusion through a careful rereading of their scriptural traditions based on their current historical circumstances. Connections will be drawn between this understanding of the Messiah’s eschatological role and the role of messianic figures in the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as messianic interpretations in the Septuagint.
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2016
Moral Motivation: A Survey of Attempts to Understand the Motivational Qualities of Moral Judgments
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David E. Hill (author), Myron Penner (thesis supervisor), Phillip Wiebe (second reader), Bob Doede (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Moral judgments and moral action cannot be separated. Whether realist, anti-realist or hybrid, all agree that when a moral judgment is made, motivation to act on that judgment follows. Uncovering the nature and origin of this phenomenon will be invaluable to metaethical advancement, and will also help to shape people’s understanding and expectations of moral action from one another. This paper will explore and evaluate some of the best arguments anti-realists and hybrid theorists argue for, framing the metaethical debate in light of both current empirical and philosophical work. The general question for this thesis will be, “Which stream of thought provides the best account for the phenomenon of moral motivation?” More specifically, I will be arguing in the negative as to whether or not anti-realist and hybrid views successfully avoid significant weaknesses of their own in attempts to develop plausible theories.
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2017
Negation Patterns in the Kwa Language Group
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Lauren E Schneider (author), Sean Allison (thesis supervisor), Steve Nicolle (second reader), Roderic Casali (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Keith Snider (second reader)
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There is extensive literature written on negation but only recently have studies begun to expand outside of the scope of Indo-European languages. Linguists are finding that certain patterns thought to be cross-linguistic are largely unattested outside this most heavily studied language family. The intent of this thesis is to survey the negation strategies in a collection of Kwa (Niger-Congo) languages to contribute to the literature on negation. Commonly cited patterns such as Jespersen’s cycle (Jespersen 1917) are almost entirely unattested in Kwa. There is a consistent pattern of marking negation in Akan, Ewe, and the North Guang languages involving the use of a preverbal nasal morpheme. Interestingly three South Guang languages utilize instead a verbal prefix bÉ-. The Ga-Dangme languages stand out in their use of verbal suffixes rather than prefixes. The Ghana-Togo Mountain subgroup of the Kwa language group also does not rely on preverbal nasal negation marking.
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2017
A new edition of Codex I (016) : the Washington manuscript of the epistles of Paul
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Justin Soderquist (author), Kent Clarke (thesis supervisor), Thomas Wayment (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Nearly a century has passed since Henry A. Sanders first published his editio princeps of the Washington Manuscript of the Epistles of Paul (Codex I or 016). Within that time, it has received very little scholarly attention. This new edition provides a fresh, conservative transcription based on two new image sets, and identifies all differences between the new transcription and Sanders. It additionally provides comprehensive lists of variants between Codex I, the Nestle-Aland 28th, and the Robinson Pierpont editions of the Greek New Testament. The new edition also provides valuable data surrounding the manuscript’s provenance, character, scribal habits, textual affiliation, and substantive variants. Several corrections to Sanders are offered, and the new transcription shows the effects of nearly a century upon the manuscript. This work seeks both to update Sanders, and to provide valuable data which will make the text of Codex I more readily accessible for future inquiry.
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2014
No faithful oaths : a comparison of Esau’s speech in Jubilees 37:18-23 with Achilles’ speech in Iliad 22.260-272
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James Hamrick (author), James Scott (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the mid-twentieth century scholars have made significant progress in understanding the Book of Jubilees, yet very little work has been done exploring this composition within its broader non-Jewish Hellenistic literary and cultural context. The handful of studies that have addressed this issue show that Jubilees was conversant with Greek intellectual traditions, demonstrating the potential fruitfulness of this area of research and the need to explore it further. This thesis attempts a modest contribution to this task by examining Esau's speech to Jacob in Jubilees 37:18-23 in light of Achilles' speech to Hector in Iliad 22:260-272. This comparison reveals that Esau’s speech exhibits notable similarities to Achilles’ speech in literary setting, rhetorical purpose, rhetorical mechanism, use of imagery, syntax, vocabulary, and characterization. These similarities are best explained as the result of the author of Jubilees intentionally adopting and adapting elements of the Iliad for his own purposes.
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2014
Non-spatial setting in white Hmong
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Nathan M. White (author), Sean Allison (thesis supervisor), Kenneth Gregersen (second reader), Ken Manson (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Dixon (2010a,b, 2012) presents an excellent introduction to a framework for documenting a language's grammar. One portion of this is Non-spatial Setting, i.e., the grammatical marking of time, aspect, and other material. The aim of this thesis is to apply this portion of Dixon's framework to White Hmong (Hmong-Mien, Laos). The thesis first looks at typologically similar languages from the region, considers the nature of grammaticalization, and then discusses the Non-spatial Setting system of White Hmong itself. It is found that White Hmong possesses a system that includes Lexical Time Words, positive and negative Irrealis intertwined with a system of Modality, Degree of Certainty markers, and a group of Phase of Activity-marking verbs. There are five Completion morphemes--three Perfect and two Imperfect--and two Completion-marking strategies. Finally, there is one Speed morpheme that marks slowness. Some implications for Non-spatial Setting in general are also briefly discussed.
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2014
Northern Psalms in Southern Contexts: Defining a Historical Setting for the Psalms of Asaph
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Spencer J Elliott (author), Craig C Broyles (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The psalms of Asaph (50, 73-83) present an intriguing problem for their interpreters. Though these psalms show every sign of being used in the temple at Jerusalem, they contain a ponderous amount of traditions, geographic references, and names that would be more appropriate in Israel’s northern kingdom. The haphazard geographic and tradition-history provenance of these psalms is best reconciled by assuming a fundamental mixture between northern and southern material in the growing and cosmopolitan city of pre-exilic Jerusalem, beginning in the time of Hezekiah. As northern psalmists moved to Jerusalem after the conquests of the Assyrian empire in the late 8th c. BCE, they brought their traditions of worship and assimilated these traditions within the liturgies of Jerusalem’s temple. These psalms illumine how northern Israelites accommodated to their new Jerusalemite setting after 722 BCE, and how their psalms reflect their experience of forced displacement.
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2019
Northern rural nurses’ self-perceived competence in addressing the spiritual needs of patients with life-limiting conditions by using a palliative approach
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Ibolya Agoston (author), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor), Jean- François Desbiens (second reader), Barbara Pesut (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Spirituality has been long recognized as part of holistic nursing care. This study examined the degree of self-perceived competence of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and care-aides in addressing spiritual needs of patients with advancing life-limiting conditions who are in need of a palliative approach. The sample included 189 providers, at twenty rural hospitals, residential and homecare settings in Northern British Columbia, who participated in a provincial survey with the Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Education and Leadership (iPANEL). Descriptive statistical analyses and multivariate linear regression were conducted to compare RNs, LPNs and CAs and to examine factors that explain variation in their self-perceived competence to addressing spiritual needs. RNs in homecare had the highest levels of self-perceived competence among care providers across settings. The statistically significant predictors were: self-perceived levels of knowledge and education on spiritual needs, nursing education levels, being older, English as primary language.
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2014
Novice nurses’ experiences providing palliative care for children and their families
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Elizabeth Cernigoy (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Gwen Rempel (second reader), Heather Meyeroff (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The role of registered nurses is complex and involves nursing care from the beginning to the end-of-life. Currently, Canadian undergraduate nursing programs rarely focus on specialty training but rather on entry-to-practice competencies. The purpose of this project was to explore the experiences of novice nurses providing palliative care for children and their families.The findings from interviews with eight novice nurses revealed that the caring they provided was influenced by who the nurses were, the knowledge they possessed, the context of their workplaces and societal beliefs about children dying, and the families to whom care was given. The relational practice abilities of the nurses proved to be an overarching theme as the ability to connect with a child and family was foundational. Novice nurses offer important perspectives about pediatric end-of-life care and provide insight into areas of strength and continual improvement for the ultimate benefit of children and their families.
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2014
Nurse Manager Perspectives about Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) and Hiring Practices in Long-Term Care
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Katrina M Haynes (author), Barbara Astle (thesis supervisor), Margery Hawkins (second reader), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) are an integral part of Canada’s workforce. In a qualitative study, seven Nurse Managers from long-term care facilities in British Columbia were interviewed about their perceptions and experiences with IENs, and how these influenced their hiring practices. Three themes emerged: Acknowledging the Complexities, Finding the “Right Fit”, and Navigating Differences. Conclusions were that Nurse Managers: 1) Compared IENs to newly graduated nurses, 2) Generally preferred hiring Canadian educated nurses over IENs, 3) Perceived IENs as being ready to practice, but failed to acknowledge their nursing education and experience, 4) Perceived IENs as a homogenous group, 5) Preferred hiring IENs with positive attitudes, clear communication skills, and Canadian nursing experience, 6) Were unware of current licensing guidelines, 7) Used no established hiring guidelines, and 8) Possessed a positive ‘gut feeling” about new hires. Recommendations for nursing education, management, and research are made based on these conclusions.
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2017
Nurses Perceptions of Supervisory Leadership for Patient Safety: A Narrative Synthesis
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Kathleen E.A. Samoil (author), Faith Richardson (second reader), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (second reader), Kris Gustavson (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor)
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This thesis addressed whether trends could be found in studies that used questionnaires to ascertain nurses’ perceptions of supervisory leadership for safety in the context of patient safety culture. Thirty-five studies were analyzed. They used the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, Safety Attitudes Questionnaire, Safety Climate Survey, Survey on Safety in Nursing Homes, RN4CAST. One study used qualitative interviews. The result was that patient safety culture assessments should be interpreted relative to the context in which they are conducted. Results are not generalizable and trends among the studies could not be identified. Participants’ culture, workplace culture and geographic location were found to be important influences. It was also found to be important to reassess at intervals and examine the results in the context of the workplace at the time of each assessment. There is benefit to combining qualitative and quantitative methods to assess patient safety culture.
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2017
Nurses’ perception of workaround use
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Casandra E. Jordan (author), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor), Darlaine Jantzen (second reader), Lynn Musto (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Workarounds are prevalent within the healthcare community, particularly in frontline nursing care. It has only been recent that the study of workarounds and their impact has emerged within healthcare literature. This interpretive description study was designed to investigate how nurses perceive workarounds, what they think about before, during and after the process, and what patient, environmental, and personal factors they consider during a workaround. Seven participants, including both Registered Nurses and Licenced Practical Nurses participated in interviews. Five themes were identified through qualitative analysis of the interviews highlighting emotional, mental and the professional impact of workarounds for nurses and their patients. The Implications to nursing practice include the value of nurses in creating frontline procedures, the responsibility of nurses to provide, the potential of current workarounds to produce practice based evidence and the need for nurses to be aware of the emotional and mental health risks of workaround use.
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2015

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