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Being altruistically egoistic - Nursing aides' experiences of caring for older persons with mental disorders
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 6, no 7530Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Older persons with mental disorders, excluding dementia disorders, constitute a vulnerable group of people. With the futureinternational increase in the older population, mental disorders will increase as well, thus entailing new challenges for theircaregivers. These older persons often remain in their own homes, and in Sweden they are cared for by nursing aides. Withlittle previous research, an increased workload and facing new strenuous situations, it is important to make use of theknowledge the nursing aides possess and to deepen the understanding of their experiences. The study aimed at illuminatingthe meaning of caring for older persons with mental disorders as experienced by nursing aides in the municipal home helpservice. Interviews with nine female nursing aides were performed and analysed with a phenomenological hermeneuticalresearch method inspired by the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur. Being altruistically egoistic emerged as a main theme in thenursing aides’ narratives. The nursing aides’ experiences could be interpreted as a movement between being altruistic andegoistic. The findings revealed a continuous distancing by the nursing aides and their struggle to redress the balancebetween their altruistic and egoistic actions. Caring for these older persons constitutes a complex situation where distancingfunctions as a recourse to prioritize oneself and to diminish the value of caring. The study suggests that an increasedknowledge base on older persons with mental disorders, followed by continuous supervision, is necessary for the nursingaides to improve the quality of the care given.

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2011. Vol. 6, no 7530
Keyword [en]
aged, care of older people, mental disorders, municipal care of the old, nursing aides, phenomenological hermeneutics
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Medical and Health Sciences Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-1302DOI: DOI:10.3402/qhw.v6i4.7530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-1302DiVA: diva2:448205
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Äldre med psykisk ohälsa
Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-14 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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