Journal article

Visiting a nursing home : Relatives experiences of encounters with nurses


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Subtitle: Relatives' experiences of encounters with nurses

Author list: Danielson, Ella

Publication year: 2009

Start page: 318

End page: 325

Number of pages: 8

ISSN: 1320-7881


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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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