Title

Labor and Delivery in the United States and Thailand: A Nursing Role Comparative

Date

5-31-2018 8:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:00 AM

Location

WUC Summit Room

Session Chair

Angie Docherty

Session Chair

Patti Warkentin

Session Title

Leadership in Nursing posters

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patti Warkentin

Abstract

This project aimed to compare and contrast the role and responsibilities of nurses in Labor and Delivery in the United States and Thailand. In the U.S., nurses and midwives are separate occupations with different certifications. In Thailand, the nursing profession also includes midwifery allowing for more exposure to women’s health and delivery. The Labor and Delivery practice setting, and the role of nurses was observed through clinical experience in Eugene OR, Portland OR, and Bangkok Thailand. Additional professional interviews and literature reviews were conducted for additional statistical data and supplementary information. Many differences in the practice setting were observed; these are widely attributed to social and cultural differences between the two countries. Nursing practice and responsibilities are similar in both countries with the exception of Thai nurses acting as midwives and the use of Thai Traditional Medicine. The roles and responsibilities for Labor and Delivery unit nurses are found to be similar in both countries. Practice differences observed are due to education differences and specific cultural considerations.

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Labor and Delivery in the United States and Thailand: A Nursing Role Comparative

WUC Summit Room

This project aimed to compare and contrast the role and responsibilities of nurses in Labor and Delivery in the United States and Thailand. In the U.S., nurses and midwives are separate occupations with different certifications. In Thailand, the nursing profession also includes midwifery allowing for more exposure to women’s health and delivery. The Labor and Delivery practice setting, and the role of nurses was observed through clinical experience in Eugene OR, Portland OR, and Bangkok Thailand. Additional professional interviews and literature reviews were conducted for additional statistical data and supplementary information. Many differences in the practice setting were observed; these are widely attributed to social and cultural differences between the two countries. Nursing practice and responsibilities are similar in both countries with the exception of Thai nurses acting as midwives and the use of Thai Traditional Medicine. The roles and responsibilities for Labor and Delivery unit nurses are found to be similar in both countries. Practice differences observed are due to education differences and specific cultural considerations.