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Experiences of registered professional nurses when caring for patients with HIV and AIDS at the Polokwane Hospital, Capricorn district, Limpopo province, South Africa
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
2012 (English)Student thesisAlternative title
Registrerade professionella sjuksköterskors upplevelser av att vårda patienter med HIV och AIDS vid Polokwane sjukhus i Limpopo-provinsen, Capricorn-distriktet, Sydafrika. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: HIV and AIDS are still of great concern in South Africa (SA). Nurses have important roles both to inform patients with HIV about how to live with HIV and AIDS, and also to gain knowledge for themselves about how the patient copes with HIV and AIDS. Earlier studies have shown that the situation for nurses who care for patients with HIV is hard and creates frustration in many ways, mainly because the patients need a lot of help and support. AIM: To explore the experiences of registered professional nurses when caring for patients with HIV and AIDS at the Polokwane Hospital, Capricorn district, Limpopo province, South Africa. METHOD: Qualitative, individual and semi-structured interviews were conducted and analyzed using a content analysis as described by Graneheim and Lundman (2004). RESULT: The study revealed that the nurses‟ experiences when caring for patients with HIV and AIDS were mostly negative. The work place was sometimes regarded to be unsafe and protective equipment was not always available. Feelings such as resignation and frustration were brought up. The only positive factors shown were emotional support from ward managers and appreciation from patients and relatives. CONCLUSION: Care for patients with HIV and AIDS is demanding in many ways. The results show that many of the negative issues, discussed in previous studies regarding nurses‟ experiences when caring for patients with HIV and AIDS, still remain unchanged.

Abstract [sv]

Uppsatsen tar upp sjuksköterskors upplevelser av att vårda patienter med HIV och AIDS vid Polokwane sjukhus i Limpopo-provinsen, Capricorn distriktet i Sydafrika. Metoden för datainsamling var kvalitativa semi-strukturerade intervjuer med sex sjuksköterskor på tre medicinavdelningar på Polokwane sjukhus. De transkriberade intervjuerna analyserades med hjälp innehållsanalys beskriven av Graneheim och Lundman (2004). Resultatet visade två huvudkategorier, vilka var: arbetsrelaterad oro (med underkategorier behov av säkerhetsrutiner, krävande omvårdnad samt vikten av stöd och uppskattning) samt emotionell stress (med underkategorierna känsla av resignation samt frustration). Arbetsförhållandena för de intervjuade sjuksköterskorna kännetecknades av frustration, uppgivenhet, stress och ibland upplevdes arbetsplatsen även som otrygg. Patienterna är mycket sjuka. Stöd och uppskattning är viktigt för de intervjuade sjuksköterskorna. Resultatet i studien visar på motsvarande fynd i tidigare forskning om förhållanden för sjuksköterskor som vårdar patienter med HIV och AIDS i Sydafrika. Det finns fortfarande många utmaningar för arbetsförhållanden för de sjuksköterskor som hjälper dessa patienter.

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2012. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
AIDS, care, HIV, Limpopo, province, patients, registered, professional, nurse, South, Africa
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2291Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivexD02AA8597C9D6AAEC12579E6003D2DFEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-2291DiVA: diva2:829560
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