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The lived experience of the wound care nurse in caring for patients with pressure ulcers

Varga, Marlene A and Holloway, Samantha 2016. The lived experience of the wound care nurse in caring for patients with pressure ulcers. International Wound Journal 13 (2) , pp. 243-251. 10.1111/iwj.12279

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to report the lived experience of the wound care nurse (WCN) in caring for patients with pressure ulcers (PU). WCN play an important role in caring for patients with PU, but the effect on caring for individuals with such wounds is poorly understood. A descriptive and interpretative study on the life worlds of spatiality, temporality, relationality and corporeality was carried out. Utilising the hermeneutic Heideggerian phenomenology, data were collected over a 3-month period in 2012 using in-depth interviews with five WCN. The interviews revealed eight themes: 'challenge', 'making sense of it all', 'coping and self-care', 'advocate of mine/making a difference', 'knowledge and technology', 'we have seen what can happen', 'holistic caring' and 'frustration'. Twenty-five sub-themes were also identified. WCN experienced a demanding and rewarding role of caring, influenced by the environment and the challenges with individuals living with PU. This study demonstrated an enriching yet challenging role. Recommendations for WCN, health care authorities and education providers include raising awareness of the importance of self-care, greater recognition of the effect of this role on patients with PU and changing education to include reflective practice and resilience strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Life world; Lived experience; Phenomenology; Pressure ulcers; Wound care nurse.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1742-4801
Date of Acceptance: 21 March 2014
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 14:37
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/103785

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