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Title: qualitative analysis

Total Pages: 5 Words: 1797 Works Cited: 2 Citation Style: APA Document Type: Essay

Essay Instructions: Qualitative Data Analysis Exercise

Read and re-read the narrative interview data below for meaning. Based on your interpretation of the data, identify emergent “themes” and validate these themes with actual verbatim quotes. For example, if you identify a theme that you refer to as “feelings of anger,” justify this theme with excerpts from the data. Be creative; do not restrain your thoughts. Focus on meaning and content – not on the grammar of the participant being interviewed or on questions you may have about “Jenny” that are not addressed in the narrative data.

There are no right or wrong answers. You, as the qualitative researcher, “make sense” out of the narrative data. When you read a “story,” you identify main “ideas” or “storylines.” In qualitative research and data analysis, themes are similar to storylines – they refer to recurring patterns or concepts that are contained in the data. You should be able to identify about 4–7 themes. Identify the themes [usually a few words or a phrase], then provide supportive quotes from data. Also, provide some feedback about the exercise itself – was it difficult to do, time consuming, did it make sense to you, etc. [length of this assignment varies – typically is about 4–5 pages; Total Points = 175].

Format for This Assignment:

Title page according to APA format [no Abstract required]

Type your analysis in narrative, paragraph form. Identify the “themes” that you believe fit with the data and then provide supportive verbatim quotes from the data.

Write at least a paragraph about this exercise [see above directions].

Grading Criteria Points

Clarity/Sentence Structure 35
Organization 30
Grammar 30
Depth 40
Logical Synthesis of Information 40

Interview with Jenny [pseudonym used to protect identity]
I interviewed Jenny, a 16-year-old Caucasian girl, who 26 weeks pregnant. She plans to parent her baby. Jenny stated that she had lived with her father most of her life and moved in with her mother about a year ago. She was very articulate and seemed to be relaxed during the interview. She smiled easily and gave me appropriate eye contact. I have observed her in the classroom setting and have noticed that she is fairly quiet and has limited interaction with her classmates [other pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers].

The interview took place in the Clinic Conference Room. Jenny {with her mother’s consent}agreed to participate in a qualitative research study on the experience of being a pregnant adolescent. Following are several pages of narrative data from her interview [the interview was audio-taped and transcribed verbatim into manuscript form].

I: Thank you for being willing to talk to me and I would like you to tell me a little bit about yourself and tell me what a typical day is like.
R: Um, I get up in the morning get ready for school. I come here and go to my classes and get my work done, then at 1:30 I leave here and I usually go to my boyfriend’s house or go home and get ready for work. And if I have to work I go to work and go home and try to get my homework in and go to bed. So it's all kind of rush - rush (laugh). But um I'm 16. Um I'm excited about having a baby but a little confused and scared I guess. And, I enjoy doing a lot of things. I spend most of my time with my boyfriend and I don't really do much of anything else I guess.
I: What kinds of things do you enjoy doing?
R: Um, when I went to Amherst I was a cheerleader and I played softball. And I like watching TV and hanging out with my friends.
I: So you were in to sports
R: Yeah
I: How did you do in school - or how are you doing in school - grade wise?
R: I was making honor roll and then I dropped a couple Cs here and there. And then when I found out I was pregnant or whatever it kind of dropped more from where it was maybe I had to leave early and I got stuff confused so maybe my grades dropped there. And I come here so maybe they'll pick up again - so....
I: So even before you got pregnant you had a few Cs?
R: Yeah
I: And then after it dropped - why do you think that happened?
R: We were trying to get things straight where I could have time without quitting my job. I would have time to come home and rest. My doctor signed a paper for me to leave at 11. And the principal approved all that and than went back and said I couldn't do it. So that's I came here because they had everything mixed up and I was signed in class.
I: So that's why you came to school?
R: Yeah
I: If you could have worked out your schedule would you have stayed in Amherst?
R: Um, maybe. I was always a little nervous about going to school ‘cause it was so crowded. Walking down the hallways I was afraid something was going to happen. Because if something happened there somebody wouldn't be able a much attention to me I guess if I needed help or whatever because there was so many other people.
I: Did it make a difference to you that you were pregnant; did people know you were pregnant?
R: Yeah
I: Did that make any difference in how they treated you or --
R: No. I had a lot more helping me out - or supportin me I guess you could say. They made me feel a lot better I guess. I was always one to worry about my grades and worry about friends and other stuff after school. I guess it kind of helped me to open up to other people I guess.
I: You know talking about yourself, would you say you were more shy? I mean you were a cheerleader so I guess that .......
R: I wasn't really shy. I guess when I lived with my dad I was always brought up you worry about school and everything else after school. So I guess its where that came from.
I: So I guess it was important to him that you do well in school - so that was your first priority?
R: Yeah
I: So how long have you been here?
R: About 3 to 4 weeks.
I: So how is it going?
R: Pretty good so far.
I: Have you made friends?
R: Yeah
I: And it's probably too soon to see how you're doing grade wise?
R: Yeah, some of them I haven't really, I wouldn't say I'd do good this first six weeks I guess because I was sort of jumping in the middle of things. I need to get this first six weeks out of the way and can start working on everything else as far as - I just don't jump right in the middle of all this. Didn't really know what was going on so....
I: Well, how would you describe yourself you know if you were just introducing yourself to someone. You sort of have but can you think of anyway you can describe your personality - or ....
R: Outgoing, um, I speak my mind - I'm not one to keep things locked in. I always speak my mind. Um, My dad was the one to worry about - whatever people would think about me being pregnant and 16. I guess it's like I tell my dad it's my life and I made a mistake and I got to live with it and I'll do the best with it. I try to see the positive side of things.
I: So you said your dad had a hard time but you said it was your life.
R: Yeah. I lived with him and then we had some problems. He got remarried and I didn't like it. I was so used to being me and him and then I had to share things with her kids and share him and I didn't like it so I moved in with my mom and I came here to school.
I: Did all of this happen since you got pregnant?
R: No this happened before. I've been living with mom for probably about a year, a year and a half now. Me and my dad had just pretty much um we always, seems like all we do is argue. Every time we talk to each other we just argue. And uh I just actually really maybe started having a conversation with him and we'd talk on the phone and then I found out I was pregnant in August. And I called to tell him and he didn't take it too well. So I haven't really talked to him much since then. So...............
I: Maybe that can lead into the next question. You said you found out you were pregnant in August. Why don't you tell me about that situation. Who you were with how you found out who you told...
R: The guy I'd been dating I'd been dating almost a year. And we started goin out in April and in June I don't know what made me think - but for some reason, I guess it was maybe instinct that made me think I was and I told him and I took a pregnancy test and that come out negative. So we went along and everything went OK and come August, I got real sick when I was at work. And I had to leave work for that whole week end. My mom said well why don't you go check it out or she brought up a question about it and I told her you know no I don't think so cause not too long ago I had a pregnancy test and it said no. And I was still havin my cycle so I didn't really... And then um her and her boyfriend went out of town for vacation and I stayed home. And I guess being sick that week end and her sayin something I got that instinct again. So I went and my boyfriend's mom got the pregnancy test for me and I was at her house and took it then and that one come up positive.
I: It did?
R: Yeah. And I was two and a half months pregnant then (laugh). The first one it come up negative.
I: So it must be that that was a little too early or it was a false negative?
R: Yeah.
I: You said you just had this instinct?
R: Yeah. I don't know man I never went before this or something or it was just this feeling telling me check it out. I don't know. I mean I was on birth control but we didn't use any other protection. So.....
I: What kind of birth control were you using?
R: The pills.
I: So were you taking them regularly?
R: Yeah. And I never missed one and I've been taking them for almost three years. But I smoked um before I found out I was pregnant and my doctor said it that it probably had something to do with that cause smoking and drinking and stuff like that any kind of drug or anything decreases the effects of those so uh...
I: So that's what he told you?
R: Yeah. But I'm not - I have no idea - he said that it was either that or I can't remember he said something about my hormones or something so - I don't know.
I: So you were at your boyfriend's house
R: Yeah
I: So you were with your boyfriend and his mother
R: Yeah. When I found out.
I: What happened when that came up positive? What did people say - or what did they say?
R: He was excited. I mean it wasn't planned. But I guess we'd been together and we plan to stay together hopefully so he um he was excited. And we um - the first time I thought I was pregnant - if I was - I figured he'd leave. I mean he wasn't too happy then. It was a big turn around when I found out that I was so (laugh) but his mom cried for about a week. I mean she wasn't upset. She was just worried about what we was going to do and all that and so when my mom and her boyfriend got back I went to the doctor and had a pregnancy test taken there and that one it come up positive. So I got the stuff for it and tried to figure out ways to tell her and she come home and I couldn't think of a way to tell her so I just took a bunch of papers and the stuff from there and set it in her lap (laugh). (the literature from the health department about being pregnant)
I: What did she do?
R: She just sat there at first so I think it took her a minute to actually figure out what she was looking at that then. She looked at me and she asked me if it was true and told her yeah. And I started crying and she just sat there for a minute. She smoked her cigarette and walked outside and then come back in. And um she called her boyfriend in there. Because right now I consider her boyfriend more as a father to me then my dad. Everybody so far is supporting me so far except my dad. And my dad can't except that. He wanted me to have the abortion or give it up for adoption but I'm not one that really believes in that or could live with that so.... told him I couldn't do it. And he then said that he didn't want any responsibility of takin care of another one cause he's already takin care of his and he said that he didn't want anything to do with me or the baby. So, now whether that comes around in a different way - I don't know (laugh)
I: So, that's how he reacted...
R: Yeah.
I: Was that his initial reaction and you haven't talk to him much since then?
R: He called - he called my grandparents - his mom and dad – ‘cause I'm really close to them. He called them before I got to them and told them, I guess trying to see what they'd say and um when they told him that they was going to stick by me and they'd be at the hospital and they'd help me all they could he hasn't talked to them since. That's his own family. I don't know what's going to happen - so. I guess we'll see.
I: What do you think - I mean - how's that making you feel now?
R: Angry. Because I know I made a lot of mistakes. But he was young when he had me so I feel he should at least understand, somewhat, what I'm going through.
I: So was your mom young - they were both young?
R: Yeah she was 17 he was 19 so. They weren't as young but I don't know. I feel he should at least try to help me through it since he went through it also.
I: Do you think that's the attitude your mom has with you? I mean she was young - so she knows...
R: Yeah. She understands. I mean everything pretty much I've went through I've followed in her footsteps. Not meaning to. But it seems like I'm a repeat of her (laugh). So....
I: Now has your mom said anything to you along the way to say Jenny I want you to wait or whatever happens - happens - do you feel?
R: My mom was never really around when I was younger. Until I moved in with her - kind of a rush - in to movin with her. It was like we really didn't know each other. We had to kind of live with each other and get to know each other then, so.... But she's always been understanding of anything I've went through since then so….
I: Since you got pregnant had that changed your relationship with your boyfriend?
R: It's brought us closer. He's talked about after the baby's born to make sure things go OK. We may move in together over this summer.

Excerpt From Essay:

Title: Personal Profile

Total Pages: 2 Words: 781 Bibliography: 0 Citation Style: MLA Document Type: Research Paper

Essay Instructions: Please add this information regarding my life experiences to the appropriate personal question.
1) My parents death due to Diabetes and my mother through
breast cancer made me a stronger person and my goal
to help other by joining medical health profession.

Here are the Question & Answer:
Assignment from Module 3

Q: Your Name

A: Julie P. Peters
Q: A range that includes your age

A: 39 years old
Q: Your ethnic, educational and occupational background

A: I am multi racial. I am currently a stay at home mother of two children.
Q: Describe yourself

A. I am very athletic, spiritual, competitive and a loving person.
Q: Who are you?

A: I am a deeply compassionate and caring person especially to my two children, and I firmly believe that each and every person has something to offer to the society. I am not judgmental but rather I take everything with a grain of salt and try to analyze what is going on before speaking my mind out.
Q: Can you recognize your emotions and feelings? If so,how?

A: Whether it is anger or joy, pain or contentment, love or hate, I have learned to recognize these feelings and emotions by understanding what they are how they are affecting me and the people around me. At a mature age, I am happy to say that I not only gained knowledge and intellect but also the wisdom to better understand what is within and external to my being.

Q: List five (5) personal weaknesses about yourself?

A: First and foremost is my loving and caring of my children – at times to a fault – which I think is a weakness of every mother because they, or I, tend to be overprotective. My compassion for other people can be a weakness at times because they sometimes abuse my kindness and generosity. Being competitive can also be considered a weakness because I tend to compete with almost everyone even if some situations call for cooperation and team work. Of course there is the obsessive compulsive behavior that tends to make me want everything to be in order and clean. I also forget how to lay back, relax and “smell the flower” – so to speak, that it causes me to get nervous about little things.
Q: List five (5) personal strengths about yourself?

A: Being spiritual and believing in God is a key strength that gives me hope not only for myself and my children but the world as well. My being an athletic person gives me the physical and mental strength to face everyday challenges. I consider being a mother as a personal strength because it teaches one patience, perseverance, fortitude and compassion especially when it comes to rearing children and building a better home for them.
Q: List five (5) positive characteristics you believe you possess.

A: I believe I possess the strength of character that encompasses integrity, compassion, loyalty, patience and fortitude. Some of these positive characteristics form a positive and negative synergy that enables me to be a whole person ready to meet and take on any challenge or change that may come into my life. For instance, fortitude enables me not to lose hope while patience ensures that I do not have too high of expectations.

Q: List five (5) negative characteristics you think you may demonstrate at times.

A: I get frustrated when things do not come out the way I want them especially with my children, i.e. their not getting good grades get me all flustered. I also tend to lose track of time when I get interested in a task or a project and this affects other things that needed to be done, which in turn gets things procrastinated. Being a human being, I am at times a poor judge of character and I get taken advantaged of. Even if I am a patient person, I once in a while want to get things done fast and this usually put a damper on quality. Being a hyperactive person, I usually get stressed out because I always want order and “perfection” in things that I do.
Q: How can you use your negative discoveries as steps to build new positive traits?

A: I always believe in the Chinese ideogram of obstacle and challenge as being the same as opportunity. Thus, any negative discovery will not be taken as a drawback but rather an opportunity to learn and get things done properly.
Q: Can you manage your moods?

A: I always believe that as human beings it is oftentimes difficult to control our moods and emotions. But as human beings too, we are rationale and logical beings that are able to control our actions; hence, this is what I always think about when I have my mood swings – to admit that they exist but to manage them in a positive manner.
Q: Can you motivate yourself?

A: I am a highly motivated person and any task or project I enter into, I can always give 110% and see it through until the end.

Q: Can you control your impulses?

A: Being a disciplined and patient person, I have no problems controlling my impulses and channeling them to more productive endeavors.
Q: Can you manage and develop your people skills.

A: I have always been a people-person and I can always manage and develop people to make them perform at their very best. This has been especially enhanced when I had my children because I have to make sure that they strive to be better persons not only for themselves but for society as well.
Q: Can you choose to be optimistic instead of pessimistic?

A: When it comes to looking at a glass with water only at the middle, I always look at it as half-filled instead of half-empty because I believe a positive outlook is always better than being negative.
Q: Can you choose to be happy instead of mad or sad?

A: Being able to be thankful for the little things in life is my way of being happy. Despite sad or angry moments in my life, I always end up looking at the silver lining because I know there is always hope.

Q: List six (6) characteristics of yours that will help you in the health care field.

A: Compassion is always helpful in the health field but in this field, I will compassionate in the way Indira Gandhi spoke about it: “One should have a mind that feels and a heart that thinks.” This way I will be able to balance patients’ needs and care for their affliction. Patient is also a virtue I have always had and this is very important in dealing with the sick and the infirm. Fortitude, integrity and understanding the needs of those less fortunate in health will always be a foundation for me once I start being part of this noble profession.
Q: Do you enjoy helping people?

A: As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping people because it gives me the satisfaction of being able to make a difference in their lives.
Q: Can you serve?

A: I consider the health field not only as an opportunity to serve but a vocation or a calling to serve the needs of humanity and society.
Q: Can you accept people’s differences?

A: People’s differences are what make life exciting and interesting. By not judging their uniqueness, one can learn a lot about what makes them tick and how their difference could contribute to the betterment of society.
Q: Can you be firm and acquire patient compliance while remaining gentle and compassionate?

A: I can always be firm but fair towards patient but I will also look after their needs first without compromising their treatment regime.

Q: Can you avoid co-dependence?

A: Co-dependence is a trap that I have always avoided because I do not want to be reliant on others to take care of me. I always strive to take care of myself because in the end I know that I am the one ultimately responsible for my well-being.

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Title: four Aspects of self as described by daniel strein Socia work

Total Pages: 2 Words: 755 Sources: 1 Citation Style: APA Document Type: Essay

Essay Instructions: the material is taken from
Stern,D.N.(1985). The interpersonal world of the infant. New York: Basic Book.(passim)

in a 500 word easy describe yourself using the Four Aspects as describe by dddaniel strein(i.e. four aspects of your self) you can place the essay in thecontext of a strenths/needs assessment with you being the person with the strenghts and/or needs. for example, using the emergent aspect of self, you might describe how difficult it is to have a rational thought upon waking in the morning until after you have had a strong cup of coffee. isthere a way you might prepare yourself to nbetter be able to face the world anew involving your self core?

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Title: Designing your own healthcare unit

Total Pages: 11 Words: 3449 References: 0 Citation Style: MLA Document Type: Research Paper

Essay Instructions: You were the successful candidate for the following job ad?


A hard-working, intelligent nurse manager/leader who has current knowledge of the principles of leadership and management. The incumbent has the opportunity to create a new health care unit or organization. This new unit or organization can be a new nursing unit in a large urban hospital, a community health facility, a remote rural health clinic, or another type of health care organization where nurses are employed.

The board expects a written submission of approximately 10-12 typed double-spaced pages, excluding title and reference pages, at the completion of this project. The final submission should include references to current literature on nursing management and leadership. References must be in APA format (6th ed).

Sections to Include in Your Project

1.Determine the type of unit or organization you are developing (AMBULATORY CARE UNIT). Give your organization a name. Describe the mission statement and values of your organization.
2.Draw an organizational chart for your organization including yourself (the head person) in the chart.
3.Describe yourself at the head of your unit or organization ? will you be a leader or manager? (Manager) What attributes or characteristics will you have or seek to develop? How will you go about developing them?
4.Describe five strategies you will use to empower staff members.
5.Describe one team that will function in your organization ? include a description of your rationale for forming this team and describe how you will ensure the group will function effectively.
6.On the first day your new unit opens you come across two nurses having a heated debate in the hallway related to how supplies are ordered for the unit. Describe how you would handle this situation.

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