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Community nurses' experiences of ethical dilemmas in palliative care: a Swedish study.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0305-8649
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 16, no 5, p. 224-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: The aim of this study was to highlight community nurses' experiences of ethical dilemmas in palliative care. BACKGROUND: There are many studies on palliative care but research on how community nurses experience ethical dilemmas in palliative home care is lacking. The ethical dilemmas to which these nurses are exposed seriously challenge their ethical competence. METHOD: Seven community nurses described their experiences of ethical dilemmas in palliative home care. The data was analysed by means of qualitative content analysis. FINDINGS: The core themes that emerged were: powerlessness, frustration, and concern in relation to ethical dilemmas in palliative care. The nurses were motivated and felt responsibility for their patients' end of life, and their relatives, and took their duties seriously. They wanted to satisfy all parties; the patient, the relatives and other palliative care professionals. CONCLUSION: The study confirms the need for knowledge about how community nurses experience dilemmas in ethical decision-making. They have the freedom to act and the willingness to make decisions, but they lack competence and knowledge about how their colleagues' experience and deal with such issues.

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2010. Vol. 16, no 5, p. 224-231
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-2622PubMedID: 20679970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-2622DiVA, id: diva2:344699
Available from: 2010-08-20 Created: 2010-08-20 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Vidrörd av livet i dödens närhet: Att varda som människa och vårdare i vårdandets gemenskap
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2016 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Touched by life in the proximity of death. : Becoming as a human being and health care provider in the caring communion
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of the study is to create a theory model of "becoming" as a human being and health care provider in the caring communion at the end-of-life. The theoretical perspective of the study is caring science as it is developed at Åbo Academy University in Finland outlined in Eriksson's theory of caritative caring with focus on caring ethics. The thesis consists of four sub-studies reported as scientific articles and a summary section. The study has an overarching hermeneutic research approach. The sub-studies I-IV are reinterpreted from viewpoint of the overall question. Empirical assumptions could then be discerned from the substance of the four substudies, which raised questions. The answers to these questions were sought in dialogue with selected texts by Kierkegaard and resulted in a theory model. The theory model results in following theses: 1. To "become" as a human being is to remain in an endless guilt. Guilt is a form of love. It is guilt that give strength and willingness to act in love and mercy when caring for patients at the end-of-life. The guilt as love allows becoming as a human being to be at home in love and mercy. 2. The human being's courage is characterized as the willingness to obtain contact with the life of fellow human beings. This courage develops over time to stand for itself, with a foundation of belief in human beings, and resulting in a selfless, loving way to help the patients grieve and reconcile at the end-of-life. 3. To be "touched" can be illustrated as an inner awakening; an inner movement towards consciousness for the examination of the love for one another, and to love unselfishly. 4. The human being's evolution in its own understanding of life occurs in the care of another human being who is at the end-of-life, as well as to be at home in ethos, love and mercy. Becoming in this context means that the human being evolves to become responsive to the heart's inner voice; an inner strength and joy which opens to the eternal and holy. 5. To overcome external obstacles is characterized as serving human beings in a selfless love; a caring in love that has requirements that need to be expressed by what is true, beautiful and good for patients at the end-of-life. An awareness and understanding of what it means to become as a human being and health care provider in caring community can help health care providers to easily focus on the patient.

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Åbo: Åbo Akademi University Press, 2016. p. 110
Keywords
Caring communion, caring science, caritative theory, end-of-life, health care provider, hermeneutics, becoming as human being, Caritativ teori, hermeneutik, livets slutskede, vårdandets gemenskap, vårdvetenskap, människans vardande
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Nursing
Research subject
NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9453 (URN)978-952-12-3393-7 (ISBN)978-952-12-3394-4 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-06-23Bibliographically approved

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