The aim of the study was to describe nurses’ experiences from situations in which patients suffering from dissociative disorders needed stabilization. The data were collected from individual research interviews and were analyzed using Malterud’s systematic text condensation. The analysis led to new descriptions of the experiences: to create inner peace, in order to feel at peace and to give peace. “Creating inner peace” describes the conditions that allow nurses to feel secure in the situation. “Feeling and giving peace” is about common traits in the behavior of the nurses. The study will provide inspiration to the development of phenomenological and health promoting practice for nurses who work in similar situations.
Art as a soothing factor is well known, and there is a growing awareness of the importance of sense impressions to patients. The aim was to explore whether self-elected art on the wards affected hospitalized patients in a Danish, somatic hospital, making the patients experience well-being, pleasure, and recreation during their hospitalizations. We used mixed methods in the form of a register form, a focus group, individual interviews, and a questionnaire. For patients, it is significant how the hospital ward is decorated, and this may even be decisive for whether the patient is comfortable during hospitalization. Active involvement of patients when choosing the art to be hung by their beds supplied the majority of patients with increased pleasure and entertainment during their hospitalizations. Elective art in the hospital ward had impact on patients’ psychological resources, and the patients experienced that their caregivers had more focus on them.
Aims: The aims of this study are to explore the perspectives of patients regarding rectal temperature measurement and to identify factors of importance and discomfort during rectal temperature measurement. Method: The study was a cross-sectional survey based on a questionnaire with a descriptive and comparative design. A questionnaire was developed and carried out with 81 respondents. The final response rate was 89%. The study was carried out in January 2013. Results: The respondents prefer to have their temperature measured rectally rather than in the ear. The patients reported no discomfort during rectal temperature measurement. Discussion: The results may contribute to or be used as an argument for implementation of the national clinical guideline on noninvasive temperature measurement. Conclusions: The use of any other method than rectal measurement cannot be argued from the perspective of the evidence, the patients’ preferences, or the feel of discomfort during rectal temperature measurement.
The number of elderly Muslims in Denmark are growing steadily, and an increasing proportion of these end up dying and being buried in this country. The paper analyzes Islam’s impact on the death and burial of Muslims in Denmark: First, the ideas about life and death in Islam and the rituals associated with death and burial are analyzed. These principles are then, together with existing, empirical studies on death and Muslims dying in the West, integrated into a model of spiritual needs based on situational, moral, and religious building blocks. The paper concludes that differences in Islamic traditions and rituals combined with various types of spiritual needs of dying Muslims should make nurses and caregivers aware that the normative descriptions of how to treat dying and deceased Muslims, all too common in religious, Muslim discourse, do not necessarily reflect the actual needs of dying Muslims and their relatives. Instead, the family of the dying or deceased Muslim should be seen as the most important player and decision maker.
The project learning in practice was carried out from 2011 to early 2013, in a collaboration between the nursing and educational theory educations at UCC North Sealand. This article is related to the examination of the nurse education only and focuses on learning within clinical nursing practice. The question is how the education leads to competent professionals who are able to take care of patients? The data material consists of observation studies and focus group interviews, based on four cases from local hospitals and analyzed with a theoretical approach. It points out that the key to learning is often implicit and designated by the work place. The abilities and attitude of the student is a central tool for navigating in the context and accessing learning possibilities. The direct contact with patients supports the development of professional competences. The supervisor has a distinct importance to the access into the community of practice and learning.
Research shows that relationships with other people constitute a significant source of meaning in life, both among people in general as well as among palliative patients. In this study we explored how dying patients in a hospice and their next of kin construct stories about their continuing relationships after death. Through a narrative-inspired analysis of interviews and informal conversations held during field observation it is demonstrated that the participants’ stories encompass two categories of ongoing contact: “meeting places” and “ways to meet”. Regardless of their existential or spiritual orientation, the participants constructed stories about their relationships in which the dying patient did not disappear with death. It thus seems that an ongoing relationship – in a secular or spiritual way – can be maintained. These stories contributed to create new meaning in the relationship between patients and relatives, in their lives and perhaps after death.