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Patient dignity in psychiatric nursing practice
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9363-5667
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University.
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Västerås.
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 19, no 7, p. 569-576Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Professional nurses have an ethical responsibility to protect and preserve the patients' dignity. The aim of this study was to describe how nurses experienced incidents relating to patients' dignity in a psychiatric nursing practice. A hermeneutic approach was used and data were collected using the critical incident technique. Data included 77 written critical incidents, which were interpreted by using a hermeneutic text interpretation. The findings show preserved dignity – caregivers have the courage to be present, and offended dignity – caregivers create powerlessness taken away by the patient. These findings show that patients' dignity in a psychiatric nursing practice can be preserved when caregivers act on their ethical responsibility. When patients' dignity is offended, the caregiver has become an inner value conflict, something they have been a part of against their own will.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 19, no 7, p. 569-576
Keywords [en]
caring science, hermeneutics, human dignity, psychiatric nursing practice
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Psychiatry Nursing Medical Ethics
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-12684DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01837.xISI: 000306856600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-12684DiVA, id: diva2:512966
Available from: 2012-03-29 Created: 2012-03-29 Last updated: 2018-07-13Bibliographically approved

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