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Nurses' experiences of encounters in home care: a phenomenological hermeneutic study.

Authors
  • Larsson Gerdin, Anna1
  • Hellzén, Ove1
  • Rising-Holmström, Malin1
  • 1 Department of Nursing Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
1983950–1983950
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2021.1983950
PMID: 34633907
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

nurses working in home care often encounter patients with multiple diagnoses in unpredictable environments. This may cause ethical and emotional challenges and influence nurses' daily work. The aim of this study was to illuminate the meaning of nurses' lived experiences of encountering patients in home care. narrative interviews were conducted with 11 nurses. These interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim and analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. the findings are presented under three main themes: (1)"Being receptive to the other" (with subthemes "Caring about the encounter," and "Establishing trusting relationships"). (2) "Need to handle Handling the unpredictable" (with subthemes "Being alone in the encounter" and "Being experienced and competent"). (3) "Managing frustration" (with subthemes "Feeling insufficient" and "Feeling restricted". Having overall nursing responsibility challenged the nurse's self-confidence in providing care trustfully. encountering patients in home care means relating to the other unconditionally, which aim to highlight patients' needs. Being a nurse in home care is both emotionally demanding and rewarding. Having the courage to face their own and the patients' vulnerabilities will entail the promotion of natural receptivity and responsiveness to patients' needs.

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