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The impact of nurses' values on the prevention of pressure ulcers

Samuriwo, Raymond 2010. The impact of nurses' values on the prevention of pressure ulcers. British Journal of Nursing 19 (S5) , S4-S14.

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Values are perceived to be a key determinant of people's behaviour and actions. There is a limited amount of research into the value that nurses place on the prevention of pressure ulcers, but past studies have suggested that nurses place a low value on pressure ulcer prevention. This article describes a study that was undertaken to ascertain what value nurses place on pressure ulcer prevention. The participants in this study (n=16) were recruited from the non-acute adult medical wards of 14 hospitals of one NHS trust and a local university. Data were gathered via semi-structured interviews, then transcribed and analysed via Straussian grounded theory. The findings of this study show that the value that nurses place on pressure ulcer prevention is important because all nurses attempt to work in line with the value that they place on pressure ulcer prevention. The nurses who place a high value on pressure ulcer prevention appear to be more proactive and determined to deliver care that protects the care of their patients' skin. However, the findings suggest that the efforts of nurses to prevent pressure ulcers are often impeded by environmental factors like bed management, and the differing values placed on ulcer prevention by colleagues. It also shows that interventions to protect the skin of patients are often undertaken by healthcare assistants and students because nurses are too busy carrying out other tasks.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 0966-0461
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:18

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