TWU Thesis Collection

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The Perspectives of Canadian Nurse Entrepreneurs and Related Policy Implications: An Interpretive Description Study
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Brenda L. Smith (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Sarah Stahlke Wall (second reader), Lynn Musto (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Nursing entrepreneurship presents as a viable and innovative approach for nursing practice while contributing to health system transformation. And yet, in countries such as Canada where universal health care funding has most nurses working as employees for state-funded health service providers, few nurses are self-employed. This qualitative study acquired the perspectives of eleven practicing Canadian nurse entrepreneurs from across Canada, and six Canadian nurse leaders with respect to current nursing practice, contexts, and issues that serve to inform and guide the development of national and provincial/territorial policies that support nursing entrepreneurship. Three categorical themes were identified: Going alone versus going along; Resistance outside of convention; and, Nursing entrepreneurship: Outcomes and opportunities. The overall findings highlight a resistance-resilience dialectic for nurse entrepreneurs, the outcome of which sees them advancing nursing practice and health system reform. Meso and macro level policy recommendations that aim to support nursing enterprise within Canada are discussed.
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2017
Phonology of Mosiye
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Erika Harlow (author), Roderick Casali (thesis supervisor), Keith Snider (second reader), Andreas Joswig (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis is a description of the phonology of Mositacha, a Lowland East Cushitic language of the Afro-Asiatic family, based on original field research. Mositacha is spoken by 6,000 people who live in the North Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region in Ethiopia. Very little has been written on Mositacha. With the exception of Wondwosen‘s recent grammar (2015), which identifies the consonant and vowel phonemes, notes consonant gemination and vowel length, and briefly comments on tone, there has been no systematic study on the Mositatcha phonology. This thesis offers a more comprehensive study on the phonology of Mositacha. It examines consonant and vowel phonemes, syllable structure, phonotactics, phonological processes and tone. Of particular interest are marginal consonant phonemes which may be attributed to ongoing language shift, phonemic vowel length, consonant sequences and gemination, and a description of pitch patterns in words in isolation.
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2016
A phonology of Stau
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A. Chantel Vanderveen (author), Roderic F. Casali (thesis supervisor), Keith Snider (second reader), Jamin Pelkey (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis is a description of the phonology of Stau, a Rgyalrongic language of the Tibeto-Burman family, based on original field research. Stau is spoken by approximately 23,000 people in the west of Sichuan province, China. It is an almost unstudied language. Apart from a sketch of the phonology and grammar by Huang (1991), which provides a phonetic (rather than phonemic) analysis of Stau sounds, lists attested onsets and rhymes, and discusses tone, there has been virtually no systematic study of the phonology of language. This thesis provides a more extensive study of Stau phonology, covering segmental phonology, acoustic analysis of stops and of vowels, syllable structure, phonotactics, phonological processes, and pitch phenomena. Of particular interest in this phonology are Stau’s large phonemic inventory of forty-two consonants and eight vowels, its large syllable canon, phonotactic constraints among its consonant clusters, and vowel changes in reduplication.
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2015
The post-expectant period : how expectations and embodiment shape the postpartum period for first-time Canadian fathers
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Susan L. Pater (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Reina Van Lagen (second reader), Wendy Hall (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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In this qualitative study, ten first-time Canadian fathers were interviewed from six cities in two provinces about their perceptions and experiences during the postpartum period. All study participants recently had their first child born to them. The continued bearing of expectations into the period following the birth of their child affirmed the overarching theme of the postpartum period as the post-expectant period. The three categorical themes related expectations about fatherhood to the infant, gendered norms, and healthcare services. The findings highlight the potential impact of healthcare and government policies to support fathers during their transition into fatherhood. It is of the essence that nurses' understanding of paternal experiences throughout the transition to fatherhood be expanded to provide appropriate services and to better meet the needs of fathers and, in turn, their families.
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2015
Potential sectarian variants in Psalm 119 of 11Q5 : a further investigation in response to Eugene Ulrich’s “The absence of sectarian variants in the Dead Sea Scrolls”
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Jeffrey Spence (author), Martin Abegg (thesis supervisor), Peter Flint (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This essay examines the portions of 11Q5 (Great Psalms Scroll) that correspond to Psalm 119 and compares them as variants from MT (as representative of Proto-MT, discussed within) with the intention to test Eugene Ulrich's absolute statement that there are no "sectarian variants" in the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls. It employs a comprehensive survey of the variants in its search for theologically motivated variation, which it then tests against theological themes as found in 1QS and more general theological themes of broader Second Temple Judaism. As a secondary endeavor, it more clearly defines Ulrich's apparent understanding of what the term "sectarian variant" signifies and seeks to draw attention to the practice of assuming against sectarian variation until proven otherwise; it argues for a more balanced approach of "no designation without scholarly evidence." The essay includes extensive charts of the variants, divided into "variant types" for ease of reference.
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2013
Predicting the length of stay in older adults undergoing transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation
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Sharon Rong Wang (author), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor), Sandra Lauck (thesis supervisor), Jennifer Gibson (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The predictors of the length of hospital stay (LOS) in older adults undergoing the transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TA TAVI) remained under-explored. The objective of this study was to identify patient’s individual characteristics, TA TAVI procedural details, and relevant post-procedure factors that were predictive of LOS after TA TAVI. A retrospective review of 128 consecutive medical charts was conducted, and 62 potential predictor variables were analyzed by utilizing various statistical analyses. This study identified five individual characteristics, procedural details, and post-procedure factors that were statistically significantly associated with the LOS following TA TAVI. Its findings may alert nurses to heed the implications of these predictors in TA TAVI patients and initiate nursing interventions to reduce the risk of prolonged LOS related complications. Future studies are recommended to confirm these findings and the effects of other potential predictors.
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2015
Professional Development of Nursing Leaders: A Case Study of Canadian Nurses
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Laura J. Colley (author), Maggie Theron (thesis supervisor), Sonya Grypma (thesis supervisor), Sonia Udod (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Nursing leadership is important in every domain of nursing. However, nursing leadership development is not well understood or documented. This study addresses this gap by turning to an overlooked source of leadership knowledge: presidents of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). These leaders have influenced nursing practice, changed the perception of nursing, and improved healthcare. Yet, little is known about them. This study aims to inspire and inform current and future nurses by exploring leadership journeys of CNA presidents. Seven nurses who have held the title of president of the CNA were interviewed. Six themes were identified: Relentless Incrementalism; Embracing Opportunities, , A Service Mindset, Taking the Long View, Enduring Heartbreak, and Taking a Seat at the Table. The findings of this study not only provide insight into the practice wisdom of those who have gone before, they also provide a resource for the development of nursing leaders today.
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2017
Promoting functional status of older adults in the emergency department : exploring nurses’ perceptions of care
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Mary Ostrowski (author), Faith Richardson (thesis supervisor), Landa Terblanche (second reader), Corina Vogt (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Older adults presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) are at risk for functional decline. Registered Nurses (RNs) in the ED are challenged to optimize the functional status of older adults in a dynamic practice environment with conflicting priorities and system demands. This interpretive descriptive qualitative study used elements of action research and visual methods to explore ED nurses’ perceptions of care on promoting the functional status of older adults in the ED. Eleven purposefully selected ED RNs completed a questionnaire and participated in up to three focus groups. Study results suggest that improving the ED nurses’ ability to promote the functional status of older adults in the ED can improve the wellbeing of older adults and ease nurses’ moral distress. From a cost and quality of life perspective, the vulnerability of older adults toward functional decline and the vulnerability of ED nurses toward moral distress must be recognized and addressed.
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2015
Reading Genesis 1-35 in Persian Yehud
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Scott A. Bailey (author), Jim Scott (thesis supervisor), Craig Broyles (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Using a multi-dimensional historical-critical and literary method this thesis examines Genesis in a fixed socio-historical location, Achaemenid Persian period, and compares the polemic and function of the myths in Genesis to contemporaneous literature and competing ideology. The purpose of analyzing Genesis in such a fashion is to determine how the normative myths recontextualized in the text would have functioned polemically for the Yehud elite who had returned to a land with which they had ethnic ties, and who were empowered by the Persian Empire to govern. Ultimately, it is argued that while no history can be found in these myths, the paradigmatic actions of the patriarchs in Genesis communicate the ideology of the authors, and a great deal of the textual data can be explained through the historical setting of Persian Yehud, and the social, ethnic, religious, and political concerns of the Yehud elite.
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2013
Reading the Text With its Ancient Audience: The Amnon and Tamar Narrative as a Test Case
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Jonathon M. Riley (author), Craig C. Broyles (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis seeks to demonstrate that the methods of narrative criticism can be employed in a modified way to address the problems with the intentional fallacy that are inherent in narrative criticism, and the tendency of narrative criticism to ignore historical-critical questions about the text. This modification will employ a new method to analyze the Amnon and Tamar narrative as follows: first use the historical-critical method to reconstruct JEDtrH, then use reception criticism to determine the ways in which the earliest audience of JEDtrH could have understood the text, then use narrative criticism to present one way in which one member of its earliest audience could have understood one pericope within the text. This analysis is preceded by a chapter explaining the interpretive styles associated with narrative criticism.
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2018
Reconstructing the text of the church : the “canonical text” and the goal of New Testament textual criticism
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David R. Herbison (author), Craig Allert (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Kent Clarke (thesis supervisor)
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Amidst recent doubts about the feasibility of achieving New Testament textual criticism’s traditional goal of establishing the “original text” of the New Testament, Brevard Childs proposed that text critics should go about reconstructing the “canonical text” instead. However, concepts of “canon” have generally been limited to discussions of which books were included or excluded from a list of authoritative writings, not necessarily the specific textual readings within those writings. This thesis considers whether there is historical evidence to support the existence of such a “canonical text” of the New Testament, and whether modern text critics and exegetes should prefer this textform to more traditional reconstructions. This study concludes that there is little evidence to support the existence of a lost “canonical text” of the New Testament, and that even if one assumes the existence of such a text, there are good reasons for continuing to prefer more traditional reconstructions.
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2015
Registered Nurses Providing Dignity: Caring for Older Persons Living in Residential Care
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Glenda J. King (author), Barbara Astle (thesis supervisor), Wendy Duggleby (second reader), Gina Gaspard (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Older persons comprise an intricate component of society and, managing their care needs in a manner that demonstrates dignity, is an important element of nursing care. This qualitative study interviewed 11 registered nurses working in a residential care facility, to explore how they provided dignity to older persons. Data analysis revealed three themes: 1) Supporting Dignity included the sub-themes; caring for the whole person, respecting, encouraging independence and being remembered, 2) Dignity Care incorporated; doing, value-giving care, building relationships and balancing and negotiating and, Structural Context for Dignity comprised; time, nurses' voice, physical setting and barriers created by policy/procedures. The findings demonstrated a unique linkage of self-identity and legacy to supporting dignity for older persons, the influence of structural contexts on nurses' ability to provide dignity care to older persons in residential care and, an association to respect.
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2014

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