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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Edukologija / Education (S007)
Author(s): Bagdonaitė-Stelmokienė, Ramunė;Žydžiūnaitė, Vilma;Suominen, Tarja;Åstedt-Kurki, Päivi
Title: What does caring mean to nursing and social work students?
Is part of: International nursing review. Oxford : John Wiley and Sons, 2016, Vol. 63, iss. 3
Extent: p. 352-360
Date: 2016
Note: Online ISSN: 1466-7657. Impact Factor: 1.073
Keywords: Socialinio darbo studentas;Slauga;Socialinis darbas;Rūpyba Lietuvoje;Caring;Nursing;Social work;Social work student
Abstract: The aim of this study in Lithuania was to discover how the meaning of caring is perceived by nursing and social work students. BACKGROUND: Nursing and social work are caring professions, which provide care in different ways. It is still unclear what features constitute the meaning of caring for nursing and social work students as future caring professionals. METHODS: Snowball sampling technique was applied in the study. The data were collected as reflective narratives. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. FINDINGS: For nursing and social work students, the meaning of caring comprises mission, proficiency, values and collaboration. These features overlap, but the implementation of caring is dependent on the particular profession. DISCUSSION: Nursing and social work students describe the meaning of caring as holistic assistance to patient/client: the work mission for both. However, the tasks, responsibilities and focus on providing care to a patient/client differ in both professions. LIMITATIONS: Reflective narratives were preferred to semi-structured interviews. The researchers did not contact the participants in person to ask them additional questions. CONCLUSION: The meaning of caring is perceived as a developmental phenomenon, which depends on professional philosophy, practice, continuing learning and experience. Nursing and social work students perceive it as a way of thinking about the individual's being in a profession and acting collaboratively for the wellbeing of others. IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH POLICY: Focus on the meaning of caring in nursing and social work (post)graduate education is a premise to shift the training from self- to other-centred, from mono- to multi-disciplinary approach. This is related to the shift of practices towards effective patient-centred team-working within the health system, with the spotlight on caring
Affiliation(s): Edukologijos tyrimų institutas
Klaipėdos valstybinė kolegija
Socialinių mokslų fakultetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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