Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to see the living connection between the cultural food-eating taboos observing act and the ritual reinforcement of nursing profession.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to rethink the nursing practice in terms of a culturally broader context.
Methods: In this qualitative study, 10 nurse participants in Taiwan were recruited for depth-interviews. Hermeneutic-phenomenological analysis was applied to identify and categorize participants’ responses to the interview questions. The researchers analyzed the text by focusing on the following issues: (1) disclosing the fore-structure of understanding, (2) reflecting on the essential themes, which characterize the phenomenon, (3) balancing the research context by considering parts and whole, (4) discovering the essential modes of involvement.
Results: Four themes of nurses’ experiences of food-eating taboos observing were identified: 1. a variety of food-eating taboos observing acts, 2. subduing anxiety at work, 3. participating in a nurse community, 4. ritual-observing as part of profession.
Conclusion: Nurses have no conflict in intertwining the ritualistic taboo-observing act with their professional routine work. Not only does this ritualistic act help them avoid the undesirable clinical situations they perceive, it also facilitates them blending into the nursing community effectively. Nursing profession should be understood in a broader culture context as a social group with special task.