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To both be like a captain and fellow worker of the caring team: the meaning of Nurse Assistants' expectations of Registered Nurses in Swedish residential care homes
Mälardalens högskola.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, Vol. 3, no 1, 35-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim. To describe the expectations of and to illuminate the meaning of the Nurse Assistants' (NA) expectations of Registered Nurses (RN) who are responsible for the care of older people living in residential care homes in Sweden.

Background. Older people in Sweden who are provided with residential care are extremely frail and incapable of independent living. Therefore, when providing care, RN and NA encounter older people who require a great deal of care. An important precondition for the provision of satisfactory care is to have adequate collaboration between NAs and RNs and their expectations of each other. In this paper, the focus is on the NAs expectations of the RNs.

Method. The study is based on a qualitative approach and a phenomenological-hermeneutical method. Ten NAs were interviewed and asked to narrate as freely as possible, about their expectations of RNs. The narratives were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. The analytical process includes the following steps; naïve reading, structural analysis, comprehensive understanding and reflection.

Results. The RNs were expected to take responsibility for being fellow human beings and experts in providing care as well as always available to participate in caring. The RNs were expected to make stand-alone decisions and create a sense of safety for both older people and the NAs and have the courage to work alone and create a safe environment for both the older people and the NAs. The meaning of these expectations was that the RNs are like a captain in providing care, but at the same time, fellow workers.

Conclusion. When the RNs do not meet the NAs expectations, there is a risk of conflict and therefore also a risk that an unsafe environment being created when caring for older people.

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2008. Vol. 3, no 1, 35-45 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-60DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2007.00084.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-60DiVA: diva2:317323
Available from: 2010-05-03 Created: 2010-05-03 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved

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