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Contradictory views of nursing care among students at the end of their nursing education
Arreciado Marañón, Antonia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Infermeria)
Isla Pera, Ma. Pilar (María Pilar) (Universitat de Barcelona)

Date: 2016
Abstract: Aim: To understand how nursing students at the end of their nursing education view nursing care. Background: Although care is understood as the essence of nursing, it is often difficult for nurses to provide care, which demonstrates a contradiction between theory and practice. Moreover, it is unknown to what extent this contradiction is transmitted to future nursing professionals or how they view nursing care and its practice. Design: Qualitative ethnographic research. Methods: The fieldwork was conducted between December 2010 - May 2012 in a university nursing school in Barcelona and two centres where students carry out most of their practical education. The data collection techniques were participant observation and focus groups. A thematic analysis was used. Results: The students demonstrated contradictory views of nursing care. On one hand, they voiced a more theoretical, official definition where care is considered the core of the profession. On the other hand, they also expressed a view where the provision of care is not nurses' principal daily activity, a fact that did not surprise them. Students interpreted caring as an activity that has low value and that can be transferred unproblematically to other professionals. Conclusion: The contradictory views of care reveal a problem in the transmission of the definition of nursing to new generations of professionals and reflect a problematic professional reality where there is dissonance between how nursing is defined and how it is carried out in practice.
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; acceptedVersion
Subject: Care ; Caring; ; Delegation ; Nurses ; Nursing ; Nursing education research ; Qualitative research ; Students, Nursing
Published in: Journal of advanced nursing, Vol. 73 Num. 2 (February 2017) , p. 410-420, ISSN 0309-2402

DOI: 10.1111/jan.13114


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