Nursing presence is a known benefit to patient care, due to care complexities and transitions, nurses are often forced to focus on quantity rather than giving quality care to patients. The purposes of this study were; to determine the level of satisfaction of maternity patients on the nurses' therapeutic presence premised on: physical, preconditions, psychologic and transcendent presence; define the variations in satisfaction level of the patients when data are categorized into age, case classification, and type of patients, and explore any significant difference in the patients' satisfaction level using self-constructed guided questionnaire-checklist. Focus were mothers who gave birth via vaginal delivery, aged 15-40 years, either a house case or private patients, primipara or multipara, who consented to be part of the study.
Findings revealed that the overall mean satisfaction was 4.34 which signifies postpartum mothers were very satisfied with the nurses' therapeutic presence during their hospital stay. Using ANOVA, the f value was 7.60: there is a significant difference in the means of level of satisfaction of different age brackets. Patients aged 31-40 years have the highest satisfaction level, particularly on the psychologic and transcendent presence of the nurses. The t value of different case classification is -1.15, statistically, there is no significant difference between primiparas and multiparas in terms of their level of satisfaction. While for the type of patients, the t value is 3.06, there is a statistically significant difference between private and house case-patients. Private patients had the highest satisfaction level.
At the end of nurses' therapeutic presence, patients verbalized the following: difficult circumstances during delivery were easier to endure, nurses will be remembered even after discharge, there were increased sense of relationship and connectedness, improved coping strength and increased self-esteem and they were being heard and understood by nurses that resulted to increased level of trust.