Sjuksköterskors förhållningssätt till samtal om döden med äldre : En intervjustudie

by Hellström, Alexandra

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to gain knowledge about nurse’s attitudes to conversations about death with elderly´s and which communication ways they use. The study was carried out by interviews with four legitimated nurse´s. An interview study and substance analyze where used, it resulted in two headthemes. Headtheme one: attitude, with subthemes good listener, time and environment and the nurse´s own view on death. Headtheme two: communication ways, with the subtheme verbal and non-verbal communication. The time were an important factor, being able to give time for conversations with the elderly, but often on the ward there was lack of time and that made the nurse´s feel stress. Another factor was to listen, the nurse´s had to be good listener, even if they didn’t always have the answers and nurse´s own view of death were to be open. There own feelings about death didn’t influence with the nursing care of the elderly. The communication that dominated where the verbal and the non-verbal, like touch where only used when they thought the elderly needed it. Conklusion is that nurse´s don´t use excuses to conversate about death, instead it´s the stressful hospital envoirment that made the time not enough to conversate with elderly´s about death. The nurse´s seemed not to reflect that they use the non-verbal communication at the same time as the verbal communication.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:nurse elderly death attitude communication


Date of Publication:06/28/2007

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