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Encounters between multicultural family members and the nurses in the context of intensive care
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
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2015 (English)In: Clinical Nursing Studies, ISSN 2324-7940 (Print); 2324-7959 (Online), Vol. 3, no 1, 89-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The increase in people on the move creates populations that are culturally diverse. People meet various challenges regarding the migration process, social life, jobs and health issues. When a person suffers from acute and critical illness, he/she may be in need of intensive care. The aim of this study was to explore the comprehension of culture, caring and gender among first and second generation immigrant women as relatives on their encounters with intensive care nurses in Norwegian hospitals. A design based upon discursive psychology to explore subject positions, interpretative repertoires and ideological dilemmas focused immigrant female relatives’ experiences with a cultural and gender perspective. Immigrants who were relatives to critically ill people were interviewed. The results of the discourse analysis revealed the following themes: being the caring person as woman, being intertwined between the Western hospital culture and the original family culture and belonging to a minority in a Western majority culture. Conclusion: The women in the families with a critically ill family member mainly act as the caring person. There are dilemmas in how much every family transfer the responsibility for their loved one to the nurses. Anxious attitudes regarding caring activities are rarely linked to their cultural background.

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Sciedu Press , 2015. Vol. 3, no 1, 89-99 p.
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Immigrant, Women, Family member, Discourse analysis, Intensive care
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omvårdnadsforskning med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97440DOI: 10.5430/cns.v3n1p89OAI: diva2:772865
Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2014-12-17Bibliographically approved

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