South African nurses experiences from caring encounters in nursing care of elderly patients sufferung from dementia

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Sektionen för hälsa; Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Sektionen för hälsa


To meet patients who are sufferng from dementia takes encouragement and imagination. As a nurse you should try to understand the patients verbal and nonverbal communicative skills. How you as a nurse act towards the patient is of great importance for how the nurse-patient relationship will be. In this study a humanistic outlook on people is described and Katie Eriksson is used as a theoretical framework. The aim of this study was to get a deeper understanding how South African nurses' experience of caring encounters with patients sufferung from dementia. The method was qualitative, and data was collected through a group interview with four nurses at an old age home in South Africa. Adaptation and analysis was accomplished through content analysis with the intention of reaching different themes. Two different themes emerged: 'Finging the unique creates a caring relationship in nursing' and 'The unique culture has an impact on nursing care'. The central subject throughout the whole study was that the unique is the core in nursing care and that you as a nurse should see the unique in every individual and interact from that.

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