Background: The facilities for short-term stays (FFSS) represent a significant part of the Danish healthcare system; however no universal definition of FFSS exists. Very different units are categorized as FFSS though descriptions of the nursing provided in this area are deficient. Purpose: To understand the concept of FFSS and discuss the different views on nursing, especially short-term nursing, in this context. Method: Qualitative content analysis. Results: No political or organizational decisions clarified the development of FFSS. Possible explanations were found in the development of new technology and medicine, the increase in patients’ expectations and in an economic incentive. Conclusion: Short-term nursing is perceived differently depending on the perspective adopted in the description. Descriptions on the patient perspective are lacking. This research unfolded the need for further research on the subject of short-term nursing.
The aim of the study is to describe the experiences that staff working in low threshold residential accommodation have with residents who have experienced an overdose. The data was collected using focus group interviews with staff members. The analysis pointed out four key pressure points: failure in life, access to drugs, suppression of feelings, and relationships with children. These points were then constructed into “the internal reality” and “the drug-free reality”, summed up as: “When you have to face up to reality.” The main findings of the study are that staff experience that when the conflicts between these realities no longer can be kept at a distance, then there is a risk of an overdose. This highlights the importance of good dialogues and relationships with the health care services and the significance of staff knowing what is going on in the life of each resident.
The staff in nursing homes is often severely burdened by their work with demented people who shout. A pilot project shows that intervention in the care of demented people who shout clearly reduces the staff’s work load and minimizes demented people’s shouting behavior. The pilot study is a prospective intervention study consisting of pre-investigation, intervention and after study. In line with cognitive approaches, a project nurse gave the patient care staff five to eight lessons focused on the patient’s brain damage, somatic diseases, life history/personality (personal/family information) and interaction patient/staff. Through these focus areas, a holistic understanding of dementia patients with negative behavior could be disseminated to the staff. The staff was subsequently more capable of supporting the patient’s personal identity and residual cognitive function and to compensate for loss of function through daily contact with the demented person.
An increasing number of overweight people in Denmark causes still more patients to be hospitalized with accompanying illnesses. This article identifies the challenges that the nurse experiences when nursing the bariatric patients and shows how the nurse’s attitude influences the approach to these patients. The aim is hereby to obtain a larger understanding of the source of these challenges and their importance for the implemented nursing. The preconception of the nurse and her attitudes and actions appear to be dominated by a scientific paradigm, resulting in a behaviour regulating nursing. This article demonstrates that stigmatization is a fundamental element at play in the relation between nurse and patient. The nurse needs to adapt a more nuanced approach to understanding the bariatric patient in order to increase the quality of the nursing offered to this group of patients.
A three-month stay in a special unit for newly employed and newly educated nurses provided security and support in finding an identity as a nurse. The unit had experienced staff attached as counsellors and also included professional supervision, specialist teaching by doctors and nurses in ear, nose and throat diseases as well as a written introductory manual. The nurses’ expectations towards the unit period were explored through a focus group interview shortly after the commencement of their employment and followed up by individual interviews at the end of the unit period. Our conclusion is that an introductory period in a special unit can be a method towards giving newly educated nurses a sense of security in their new employment as well as supporting them in finding a professional identity.