Patient-related complexity of care: a challenge or overwhelming burden for nurses - a qualitative study

Kentischer, Felix and Kleinknecht-Dolf, Michael and Spirig, Rebecca and Frei, Irena Anna and Huber, Evelyn. (2017) Patient-related complexity of care: a challenge or overwhelming burden for nurses - a qualitative study. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 32 (1). pp. 204-212.

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Patient-related complexity of nursing care in acute care hospitals has increased in recent years, in part due to shorter hospital stays and the increase in multimorbid patients. However, little research has been conducted on how nurses experience complex nursing care situations.; The aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of how nurses experience complex nursing care situations in Swiss acute care hospitals.; This qualitative study utilised focus group interviews and thematic analysis. Focus groups facilitate different perspectives of the topic. Thematic analysis is suitable for the analysis of everyday stories. Participants were 24 Registered Nurses with experience in their field, from four Swiss hospitals. The evaluation was performed in six steps according to themes. Participation was voluntary. This study was part of a multicentre research project that had been approved by the responsible ethics committees.; Three main themes regarding the experience of complex nursing care situations were found: complexity as a challenge, complexity as an overwhelming burden and mediating factors. Mediating factors included time resources and teamwork and interprofessional collaboration as contextual conditions. Additionally, nurses' individual characteristics such as their professional experience and expertise, as well as their personal and professional values and beliefs were considered as mediating factors. These mediating factors may determine whether complex nursing care situations are experienced as challenging or overwhelming.; The findings from this study are limited as only experienced nurses participated in the study.; Nurses are ambivalent with regard to how they experience complex nursing care situations. The contextual conditions and the nurses' personal characteristics play a key role in whether nurses perceive complex nursing care situations as positive challenges or overwhelming burdens. These findings are important for managers, as they can support nurses to master complex nursing care situations.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Institut für Pflegewissenschaft
UniBasel Contributors:Spirig, Rebecca and Frei, Irena Anna
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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