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Visiting a nursing home: Relatives' experiences of encounters with nurses
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Nursing Inquiry, ISSN 1320-7881, E-ISSN 1440-1800, Vol. 16, no 4, 318-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to explore and interpret the meaning of relatives' experiences of encounters with nurses when visiting residents in nursing homes. Thirteen relatives of residents in three nursing homes in Sweden were interviewed. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The method used was hermeneutical text analysis. Four themes emerged in the analysis and interpretation of the whole text: 'being paid attention to', 'being ignored', 'being involved' and 'being safe and secure'. A further interpretation of the findings shows a deeper understanding of the meaning of relatives. This meaning was revealed as being invited into an encounter with nurses and gave a sense of community but the opposite was being ignored and left outside. This study gives a deeper understanding of the meaning of encounters between relatives and nurses in nursing homes; it also illuminates how these encounters also can affect the care of the residents. This new understanding can hopefully offer support for nurses during their encounters with relatives and optimise the ability to provide a positive outcome for residents in nursing homes.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2009. Vol. 16, no 4, 318-325 p.
Keyword [en]
caring, encounter, hermeneutics, nursing homes and relatives
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-3642DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2009.00466.xISI: 000271643800006PubMedID: 19906282Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70449359639OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-3642DiVA: diva2:291577
Available from: 2010-02-02 Created: 2010-02-02 Last updated: 2013-09-11Bibliographically approved

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