TWU Thesis Collection

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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
Relational dimensions of perinatal bereavement : an actionproject investigation of joint grieving in bereaved parents
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Scott Gallagher (author), Derrick Klaassen (thesis supervisor), Landa Terblanche (second reader), José Domene (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This study explored the relational dimensions of perinatal grieving. Three perinatally bereaved couples each participated in one interview, as well as a follow-up member check interview. The research question for this study was, “how do bereaved parents grieve jointly following perinatal loss?” Data were collected using the qualitative action-project method, and participants were asked how they grieved together for their deceased baby. Joint grieving processes were identified at couples’ initial interviews, and then, following preliminary analyses, were presented back to the couples during the member check interviews for confirmation and alteration. The data analysis followed the protocols set forth in the action-project and instrumental case study methods, combining all data collected from both sets of interviews. Within-case analyses revealed intentional frameworks for each of the couples joint grieving projects, including: (1) Marveling at God’s presence in the midst of loss and the endurance of grace, respect, and togetherness in marriage, (2) Finding each other in the midst of grieving differences to celebrate and honour the sanctity of life, and (3) Coming back into life to find joy and new responsibilities while continuing to mark and honour the existence of the deceased. Joint grieving involved several commonalities between the couples, including re-learning the uniqueness of one another through grieving, interspersing grief within ongoing faith careers, using the safety of the relationship to express painful thoughts and feelings, oscillations between hope and pain, and the ongoing nature of grieving rituals as joint actions. The findings of this study support the application of broader theoretical models of bereavement to the unique context of perinatal loss, as well as emerging constructivist models of perinatal bereavement. The findings also demonstrate the relevance of relational dimensions of grieving for future empirical and clinical developments in the area of perinatal bereavement.
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2013
Ripples of Betrayal: A Voice-Centred Relational Inquiry into Acquaintance Sexual Assault
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Danielle B Palmer (author), Janelle Kwee (thesis supervisor), Mihaela Launeanu (second reader), Allyson Jule (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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By adopting a relational ontology, the present study challenges traditional approaches to psychological theory, research and practice. This complementary lens was used to explore women’s experiences of harm and healing in the context of acquaintance sexual assault. Six women participated in interviews using sandtrays, and the Listening Guide (Brown & Gilligan, 1992) was used to analyze transcripts. Voices of harm constricted participants’ experiences of being connected to themselves, others and the world, and consisted of denial, confusion, judgment, isolation and separation. Voices of healing emerged as expansive processes, identified as acknowledgment, knowing, acceptance, accompaniment and empowerment. These findings broaden current understandings of sexual assault, trauma and betrayal, and better equip counsellors, social supports, communities and cultures, to dismantle relational processes that stagnate survivors and promote those that foster growth.
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2019
The Role of Metaphor in the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder: Listening to the Multiple Voices of Shared Experience
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Katelyn A. Fister (author), Janelle Kwee (thesis supervisor), Richard Bradshaw (second reader), Lara Ragpot (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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In this study, the Listening Guide (Brown & Gilligan, 1992) was used to explore the therapeutic application of metaphor in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID) from the perspective of both client and therapist. Through analysis of the interviews, eight voices were identified. These voices are organized into two overarching categories: 1) voices of trauma and dissociation, and 2) voices of healing and integration. Relationships were observed among the various voices of dissociation, as well as between the voices of dissociation and those of trauma and healing. These relationships reveal natural links between clients’ metaphors of trauma, dissociation, and healing. The clients’ core metaphors of dissociation – Hope’s beehive metaphor and ‘Reace’s mansion metaphor – illustrate the complex relationships that exist among these metaphorical constructs. The metaphors represented the individuals’ subjective experiences of DID and were used as the main organizers of the healing process across all three phases of treatment.
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2019
A Sanctuary in Time: Exploring Genesis 1’s Memory of Creation
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Kyle R.L. Parsons (author), Craig C. Broyles (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Since the days of Wellhausen, pentateuchal scholarship has essentially agreed that Gen 1 and Gen 2 are from two distinct sources. Furthermore, they agree that Gen 1 was added in front of Gen 2 at a relatively late period during the Pentateuch's compositional history. Moving beyond these agreements, this thesis asks why Gen 1, and its cultural memory of creation, was added in front of Gen 2? In other words, what motivated a later group to come along and add Gen 1? As such, this thesis argues that Gen 1 was intentionally added in order to primarily elevate the Sabbath to a position and status equal to the Temple/Tabernacle. In mnemonic terms, then, Gen 1 is a countermemory that resulted in a shift away from sacred space toward sacred time. A mnemonic shift from the sanctuary in Jerusalem to a sanctuary in time.
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2016
Science and knowledge : a post-modern approach to empiricism
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Clayton Lee Swan (author), Phillip Wiebe (thesis supervisor), Myron Penner (second reader), Robert Doede (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Science has become the standard for determining truth and producing knowledge. This has happened alongside the diminishing value of traditions and common sense as sources of knowledge. That is, science has become the benchmark for knowledge at the expense of other possible means. The fact that science has taken such a prominent position regarding knowledge is interesting when one considers the weaknesses of the realist position in the philosophy of science. By `realism' I mean the belief that scientific theories are true, or at least approximately true. I begin by discussing arguments both for and against scientific realism, I conclude that science is a non-realist enterprise and that while useful in helping us understand the world, calling the theories of science `true' is not a safe risk. Finally, since science is the standard for knowledge, I present a theory on the implications of this view for knowledge in general.
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2015
Sea Change: Nursing in Bella Bella, 1901-1925
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Sarah Colleen Cook (author), Sonya Grypma (thesis supervisor), Geertje Boschma (second reader), Laurie Meijer Drees (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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In the early 1900s, the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella (Wáglísla) in Northwest British Columbia boasted a new Methodist mission hospital and a small Training School for Nurses. This study explores the largely unknown history of missionary nursing in Bella Bella between 1901 and 1925, built around the private documents of Doris Nichols, who began her nursing training there in 1921. This study critically examines the experiences of early nurse missionaries—students and graduates —who lived, learned, worked, and worshiped as a part of the Methodist medical mission in Bella Bella and to the surrounding area. As a social history, this study reflects on those experiences through the lenses of gender, age, class, race, region, and religion. This exploration concludes that Doris Nichols’ rare experience was interconnected with—and an extension of—the profound changes that occurred for the Heiltsuk, the Methodist missions, nursing education, and Doris herself.
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2018

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