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Community nurses’ experiences of ethical dilemmas in palliative care:: A Swedish study
Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. (University College of Haraldsplass, Bergen, Norway)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
Ansgar Theological Seminary, Kristiansand, Norway.
Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
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]

The aim of this study was to illuminate community nurses’ experiences of ethical dilemmas in palliative care.Background: There are many studies on palliative care but research on how communitynurses experience ethical dilemmas in palliative home care is lacking.The ethical dilemmas to which these nurses are exposed seriouslychallenge 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 relatives, and took their duties seriously. They wanted to satisfy all parties; the patient, the relatives and other palliative care professionals and deal with such issues. 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

 

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2010. Vol. 16, no 5, p. 224-231
Keywords [en]
Concern, Frustration, Powerlessness, Nursing
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-10195PubMedID: 0679970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-10195DiVA, id: diva2:389100
Available from: 2011-01-18 Created: 2011-01-18 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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