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Sharing living and dying: A balancing act between vulnerability and a sense of security. Enrolled nurses’ experiences of working in the sitting service for dying patients at homesafety.
Örebro Universitet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. (Familjefokuserad Omvårdnad)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9714-4056
Högskolan i Gjøvik.
2011 (English)In: Palliative & Supportive Care, ISSN 1478-9515, E-ISSN 1478-9523, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 295-303Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To describe enrolled nurses' (ENs') experiences of working in a sitting service for dying patients at home (SSH).

Method: The ENs who participated in this study had permanent jobs in community care/ primary care, but were also employed part time in a special home-sitting service organization in a municipality in the south of Sweden. Data were collected by four focus group interviews with 17 enrolled nurses. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the data.

Results: Care-giving in SSH was a balancing act between a sense of security and a feeling of vulnerability. Feeling secure and valued and that one is developing both professionally and personally, stemmed from working in partnership, whereas a feeling of vulnerability was associated with managing closeness and distance, being a mediator, having responsibility and feeling guilty, feeling hindered from doing good, facing loneliness, and affecting private lives.

Significance of results: SSH makes it possible for people who are terminally ill to remain at home until they die. If the SSH organization were not an option for dying patients and their families, the pressure on the healthcare would be dramatically increased.

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Cambridge University Press , 2011. Vol. 9, no 3, p. 295-303
Keywords [en]
Enrolled nurses, End-of-life care, Respite care, Sitting service
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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-13862DOI: 10.1017/S1478951511000241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-13862DiVA, id: diva2:436229
Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-22 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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