Background: The demographic, economic and technological development in Denmark is bringing changes to the healthcare system, including shorter hospitalizations. An increasing number of patients are therefore being treated at home. Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the experience of being a patient at home. Methods: The study consists of 10 qualitative semi-structured interviews with patients receiving treatment at home. The interviews were analyzed based on Kvale and Brinkmann’s approach. Results: The findings are presented as four themes related to the patient’s perspective on receiving treatment at home: «The responsibility of the patient», «The requiring of courage,» «A sense of freedom» and «Feeling safe».
Conclusion: The patients felt positive about receiving treatment at home, but the experience can be filled with dilemmas. However, this requires patients to be competent and responsible. Therefore, it is important that home treatment remains an individual choice.
Mistakes in medication management have been documented at nursing homes in Norway. Patients often receive inappropriate medications or multiple medications that interact with each other. In Norway, learning networks with a focus on medication reviews have been developed. This may be one of the solutions to reduce maltreatment in conjunction with medication management. The objective with the study was to evaluate a quality improvement program for better medication reviews at nursing homes. A longitudinal study was conducted in which participating nursing homes were followed after inclusion in the learning network program. Data about the medication reviews was collected from Extranet, a database run by the National Patient Safety Program. Fifty per cent of the patients had a medication review during the project period. The median number of prescriptions with a registered indication increased from 54.7% to 87.9% (p=0.003). Further research is needed to evaluate if the effects can be sustained over time.
Background: Motivation can be created through student participation, where experiences and learning are shared with fellow students. We want nursing students to experience cooperation with other students for inspiration and professional growth. Quality assurance of learning situations in which nursing students cooperate with each other is important.
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to investigate what motivates nursing students’ learning when collaborating with fellow students.
Method: A questionnaire with closed answer alternatives was statistically analyzed. It was possible to elaborate in free text after each question category and related sub-questions were answered.
Result: Nursing students gain great advantages by discussing academic challenges with co-students. Meaningful feedback motivates them to learn more. Others listening to their professional contributions leads to active learning and inner motivation.
Conclusion: The teacher’s role as leader of educational learning processes is evident here in a learning activity in which the student’s own contribution, through academic reflection with others at Campus, is significant. Being allowed to talk, being listened to, and sharing experiences can lead to inner motivation and learning for nursing students.
Most cultures have traditions that manage the transition from life to death. This can include practical routines – for example, on how to dispose of the body. These might include religious or other spiritual rituals in which one says goodbye with prayer, songs and speeches. However, these could also be more secular or multi-religious arrangements that combine elements from different traditions. Migration and globalization processes are making knowledge about practices on death steadily more important. This article presents an overview of the ceremonies most often encountered in Denmark today: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu/Buddhist and the secular funerals advocated for by Humanistisk Samfund (The Humanist Society). A special focus will be put on the phenomena Sjælesorg (literally: soul grief). The question is how the different forms of sjælesorg implied in the different traditions might help the bereaved deal with the complex of emotions that death can trigger. The challenge is what we can learn from this.
In recent years there has been a growing focus on talent development in the educational sector in Denmark. The search for talented nurses has been necessary due to an increase in chronic diseases and comorbidity among the population along with the movement of healthcare activities from hospitals to the primary healthcare sector.
The purpose of this study is to gain knowledge about the kind of talent – nurses in primary healthcare sector – needed in the future. Four group interviews with 17 nurses at different organizational levels were conducted and analyzed using a method inspired by Ricoeur. Herein emerged five themes: Helicopter perspective; managing relations; courage to knowledge translation; practicing specialized and generalized nursing; and reflection, innovation and improvement. Findings and existing research show that talent development in nursing education should not only focus on specialized nursing concepts, such as clinical leaders and quality improvement, but also on more general and personal characteristics such as courage, responsibility and humility.
In recent years, the interest in maternity care has increased significantly in several western countries where the focus has been on centralization from nursing homes to hospitals, and from small hospitals to larger hospitals. In particular, the centralization has led to the recognition of Alternative Birth Care units in maternity care.
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Annelise Norlyk, lektor, Institut for Folkesundhed – Sygepleje, Aarhus Universitet
Aarhus Universitet v/ Bente Martinsen Woythal
Institut for Folkesundhed, Sektion for Sygepleje, Campus Emdrup
Tuborgvej 164, bygning B
2400 København NV