When nurses need nursing: expectations and experiences

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Ami Hommel
Petra Lilja Petra


Rational and aim of the study: This paper explores the expectations and experiences of the care given when 5 registered nurses working as nurse teachers are affected by life-threatening illness or injury. This is important as little is known about patient`s preferences for care and as far as we know none have described when the patients are nurses.Method: Data were collected through interviews and analyzed by means of content analysis.Results: Five nurses have after life-threatening illness or injury made their entrance to the patients’ world. When we analyzed the text information, confirmation, participation, empowerment and responsibility emerged as main categories. The informants are struggling for information and confirmation. They want to be involved and take responsibility in the care. Conclusion: When a professional practitioner becomes ill, it is reasonable that the demands of care are very high. The requirements that emerge in the interviews; however, were surprisingly reasonable and were more related to basic needs than to receive care of extraordinary quality. That itself says a lot of what is happening within us humans when we become patients and it also gives us a unique opportunity for knowledge and understanding. Today’s trend to provide person-centered care is even more important to express how important it is to confirm humans’ individual needs.

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