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  • 1.
    Condelius, Anna
    et al.
    Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Jakobsson, Ulf
    Lund University, Malmö, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Staffan
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Nursing. Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Exploring the Implementation of Individual Care Plans in Relation to Characteristics of Staff2016In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 6, no 8, p. 582-590Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim was to explore the implementation of individual care plans in municipal elderly care in relation to characteristics of staff. Data regarding characteristics of staff were derived through a questionnaire distributed to all staff working in the care for older people, (N = 908, n = 245) in four municipalities in Sweden. The number of care plans established during a one-year period was collected through a contact person in each municipality. In total 47 individual care plans were es-tablished during the study year. Significantly more staff in the municipality that had the most number of established individual care plans agreed that there had been sufficient education (p = 0.017), sufficient time (p = 0.002) and routines established regarding individual care plans (p = 0.014) and had a significantly better job satisfaction (p = 0.001), compared to staff in the other municipalities. Implementation leaders may need to take the working conditions and the percep-tion of available resources among staff into consideration in the on-going process of implementing individual care plans.

  • 2.
    Johansson, Unn-Britt
    et al.
    Sophiahemmet University, Stockholm, Sweden & Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lilja Andersson, Petra
    Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Larsson, Maria
    Department of Health Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
    Ziegert, Kristina
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.
    Ahlner-Elmqvist, Marianne
    Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Use of a National Clinical Final Examination in a Bachelor´s Programme in Nursing to Assess Clinical Competence-Students´, Lecturers´and Nurses´Perceptions2014In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 4, no 7, p. 501-511Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the perceptions of students, lecturers, nurses and clinical lecturers regarding the ability of the National Clinical Final Examination (NCFE) to assess clinical competence, and whether the assessment was consistent with the qualifications for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The NCFE is divided into two parts (written and bedside) and aims to evaluate third-year nursing students’ clinical competence. Methods: Data were collected at 10 universities using study-specific questionnaires. The total response rate was 84% (n = 1652). Results: The clinical lecturers indicated that there was a need for improvement in the written part of the examination in order to adequately assess clinical competence. Regarding the bedside part the clinical lecturers, nurses and students perceived that the bedside part of the examination assessed whether the student had the clinical competence required by a newly registered nurse. Conclusion: The two-part examination described in this study was perceived as useful for assessing clinical competence and for the qualification requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. However, especially the written part requires further development. The model and form of assessment ought to be applicable to graduate nursing programme internationally.

  • 3.
    Kihlgren, Annica
    et al.
    School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    Sunvisson, Helena
    School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    Ziegert, Kristina
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.
    Mamhidir, Anna-Greta
    Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden & Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Referrals to Emergency Departments: The Process and Factors That Influence Decision-Making among Community Nurses2014In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 4, no 5, p. 366-374Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to describe the basis on which municipal care registered nurses (RN) make decisions and their experiences when referring older persons from nursing homes to emergency departments (EDs). RNs in the community are to ensure that older adults receive good care quality in nursing home. This study used a descriptive design with a qualitative content analysis. The analysis of the data from the 13 interviews revealed one theme “Shared responsibilities in the best interests of the older person reduce feelings of insufficiency”. The content was formulated, which revealed the RNs’ feelings, reasoning and factors influencing them and their actions in the decision-making situation, before the patients were referred to an emergency department. Complex illnesses, non-adapted organizations, considerations about what was good and right in order to meet the older person’s needs, taking account of her/his life-world, health, well-being and best interests were reported. Co-worker competencies and open dialogues in the “inner circle” were crucial for the nurses’ confidence in the decision. Hesitation to refer was associated with previous negative reactions from ED professionals. The RN sometimes express that they lacked medical knowledge and were uncertain how to judge the acute illness or changes. Access to the “outer circle”, i.e. physicians and hospital colleagues, was necessary to counteract feelings of insecurity about referrals. When difficult decisions have to be made, not only medical facts but also relationships are of importance. To strengthen the RNs’ and staff members’ competence by means of education seems to be important for avoiding unnecessary referrals. Guidelines and work routine need to be more transparent and referrals due to the lack of resources are not only wasteful but can worsen the older persons’ health.

  • 4.
    Nilsson, Ulrica G.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden & Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Ivarsson, Bodil
    University Hospital of Lund, Lund, Sweden.
    Alm-Roijer, Carin
    Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
    Svedberg, Petra
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.
    Behavioral involvement and preference for information among male and females with cardiac disease2012In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 138-142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this pilot study was to explore and compare preferences for involvement and preferences for information among men and women who had suffered from cardiac disease. A convenience sample of 79 respondents (47 men and 32 women) was recruited from The National Association of Heart and Lung Patients in Sweden at ten local meeting places in different areas. Krantz Health Opinion Survey, KHOS, a 16-item self-rating questionnaire, was used to measure patients’ desire for involvement in healthcare. The results indicate that patients’ information preferences and behavioural preferences are not very high though the total score in KHOS was 5.47. A difference between the genders was also found, seen as higher scores in females than males; 5.93 vs 4.44, p = 0.032, indicating that women prefer a more active role in decision making than men do. The main practical conclusion drawn from this empirical study is that patients are still not as active in seeking information or in behavioural involvement as is desirable.

  • 5.
    Svedberg, Petra
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Ivarsson, Bodil
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Lund, Lund, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Ulrica G.
    Centre of Health Care Sciences Orebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Roxberg, Åsa
    University College of Haraldsplass, Bergen, Norway.
    Baigi, Amir
    General Practice and Public Health, Halland County Council, Falkenberg, Sweden.
    Brunt, David
    School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
    Brännström, Margareta
    Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
    Fridlund, Bengt
    School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
    Persson, Sylvi
    School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
    Rask, Mikael
    School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
    Alm-Roijer, Carin
    The Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
    Psychometric evaluation of a Swedish version of Krantz Health Opinion Survey2012In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 181-187Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a Swedish version of The Krantz Health Opinion Survey (KHOS). A convenience sample of 79 persons (47 men and 32 women) was recruited from The Heart and Lung Patients’ National Association at ten local meeting places in different areas in Sweden. The questionnaire was examined for face and content validity, internal consistency and test-retest reliability. The findings showed that the Swedish version of KHOS is acceptable in terms of face and content validity, internal consistency and test-retest reliability over time among 79 individuals >65 years of age and with a cardiac disease. In conclusion, wider evaluations of the psychometric use of KHOS for other populations and settings are recommended.

  • 6.
    Wieslander, Inger
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Mårtensson, Jan
    Högskolan Jönköping, Jönköping, Sverige.
    Fridlund, Bengt
    Högskolan Jönköping, Jönköping, Sverige.
    Svedberg, Petra
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Factors influencing female patients’ recovery after their first myocardial infarction as experienced by cardiac rehabilitation nurses2013In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 230-240Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In the developed part of the world, coro- nary heart disease is the major cause of death and is one of the leading causes of disease burden. In Swe- den, more than 30,000 people per year are affected by myocardial infarction and out of these approximately 40% are women. Nearly 70% of the women survive and after a myocardial infarction a recovery process follows. Today’s health care focuses more on treat- ment, symptoms and risk factors than on the indi- viduals’ perceptions of the recovery process. Aim: To explore cardiac rehabilitation nurses’ experiences of factors influencing female patients’ recovery after their first myocardial infarction. Methods: Twenty cardiac rehabilitation nurses were interviewed. The study was conducted using qualitative content analy- sis. Results: The cardiac rehabilitation nurses experi- enced that women’s recovery after a first myocardial infarction was influenced whether they had a suppor- tive context, their ability to cope with the stresses of life, if they wanted to be involved in their own per- sonal care and how they related to themselves. Con- clusions: Women’s recovery after a myocardial in- farction was influenced by factors related to sur- roundings as well as own individual factors. The un- derlying meaning of women’s recovery can be de- scribed as the transition process of a recovery to health. Our findings suggest that a focus on person- centered nursing would be beneficial in order to promote the every woman’s personal and unique re- covery after a myocardial infarction. Finally, the car- diac rehabilitation nurses’ experiences of factors influencing male patients’ recovery after their first myo- cardial infarction should be important to investigate. 

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