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Student nurses* experiences of undignified caring in perioperative practice: Part 2
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6291-0654
Åbo Akademi.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9363-5667
2015 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 688-699Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background:In recent years, operating theatre nurse students' education focused on ethics, basic valuesand protecting and promoting the patients' dignity in perioperative practice. Health professionals are frequently confronted with ethical issues that can impact on patient's care during surgery.Objective:The objective of this study was to present what operating theatre nursing students perceivedand interpreted as undignified caring in perioperative practice.Research design:The study has a descriptive design with a hermeneutic approach. Data were collectedusing Flanagan's critical incident technique.Participants and research context:Operating theatre nurse students from Sweden and Norwayparticipated and collected data in 2011, after education in ethics and dignity. Data consisting of 47written stories and the text were analysed with hermeneutical text interpretation.Ethical considerations:The study was approved by the Karlstad University's Research Ethics Committee.Findings:The findings show careless behaviour and humiliating actions among health professionals. Healthprofessionals commit careless acts by rendering the patient invisible, ignoring the patient's worry and painand treating the patient as an object. They also humiliate the patient when speaking in negative terms aboutthe patient's body, and certain health professionals blame the patients for the situation they are in. Healthprofessionals lack the willingness and courage to protect the patient's dignity in perioperative practice.Discussion:In the discussion, we have illuminated how professional ethics may be threatened by morepragmatic and utilitarian arguments contained in regulations and transplant act.Conclusion:The findings reveal that patients were exposed to unnecessary suffering; furthermore, theoperating theatre nurse students suffered an inner ethical conflict due to the undignified caring situationsthey had witnessed

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Sage, 2015. Vol. 22, no 6, p. 688-699
Keywords [en]
Caring, critical incidents, health professionals, hermeneutic, human dignity, operating theatre nurse student. perioperative practice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33672DOI: 10.1177/0969733014542678ISI: 000360898200007PubMedID: 25106457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-33672DiVA, id: diva2:747104
Available from: 2014-09-15 Created: 2014-09-15 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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