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Meanings of suffering from the perspective of nurse leaders
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture.
2012 (English)In: Sailing to the future, 2012Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Meanings of suffering from the perspective of nurse leaders. Background: Nursing leadership has previously been investigated by several researchers in terms of general characteristics, for example different leadership styles, quality of leadership and job satisfaction. However, there are few studies focusing on suffering and the meaning of being a nurse leader in a perioperative context. Aim: To capture and interpret the maning of suffering from the perspective of nurse leaders. Method: This study was guided by Gadamer's (1989) hermeneutic philosophy. Ten nurse leaders from operating departments in various hospitals in Sweden participated in interviews with open-ended questions. The understanding was achieved by interpreting the interview text in a circular process, moving from the whole of the text to the individual parts and vice versa, known as the hermeneutic circle. Results: A main theme of suffering emerged as learning and non-learning. Suffering as learning comprised: "struggling to come to terms with being misunderstood", "struggling to patiently wait to be allowed to help", "struggling to manage daily tasks" and "struggling to be worthy of the trust of superiors". Suffering as non-learning comprised; "feeling alone when in charge", "feeling guilty abour not managing daily tasks", "felling mistrusted by superiors", "feeling unfairly criticized", "feeling humiliated due to loss of responsibiblities" and "feeling unable to help". Implications for Nursing Management A greater understanding of nurse leaders' suffering and need of support is necessary.

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2012.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-4290DiVA, id: diva2:524267
Conference
6th EORNA European Operating Room Nurses Association Congress Lisboa Portugal 2012
Available from: 2012-04-30 Created: 2012-04-30 Last updated: 2012-11-08Bibliographically approved

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