Distriktssköterskors upplevelser av att arbeta med palliativa patienter i hemmet
AbstractThe aim of the study was to describe district nurses’ work with palliative patients in home care and their experience of the work. The study had a descriptive design and ten district nurses from five different health care centres in the Middle of Sweden participated in the study. Data were collected with semi-structured interviews and analysed with qualitative content analysis. The results are presented from the categories, which formed two themes. The theme “To balance between the prevailing situation and to plan the end – to lie ahead. emerged from the categories To see the patient’s life situation and to perform nursing interventions, To structure the work, To support and have contact with relatives, To experience developmental and educational needs and To be professional in one’s approach and describes the district nurses’ experience of caring for palliative patients. The district nurses’ efforts at the patients home were intensified as the disease progressed, the contact with the relatives and other caregivers were described as good. The theme “To experience stimulation and strain” emerged from the categories To be professional in one’s approach and To experience and handle one’s own feelings and describes the district nurses’ feelings about caring for palliative patients. The district nurses experienced their work as important and valuable; however it was also experienced as trying with several palliative patients at the same time and extra tough when the patients where younger.
School:Högskolan i Gävle
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:district nurse palliativ care home
Date of Publication:10/27/2008