Nurse anaesthetists' reflections on perioperative nursing of patients with previous substance dependence: balancing between professionalism and preconceptions in this specific patient group
2016 (English)In: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, ISSN 1089-9472, E-ISSN 1532-8473Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
The study aim was to describe nurse anaesthetists’ reflections on provision of perioperative care to patients with previous substance dependence.
A qualitative approach with a descriptive design.
Semi-structured interviews based on clinical vignettes were conducted with ten nurse anaesthetists.
The perioperative care provided to patients with previous substance dependence was perceived as balancing between professionalism and preconceptions for this specific patient group. The nurse anaesthetists felt that anesthetizing this group of patients constituted an anaesthesiological challenge with regard to knowledge, experience and time. However, the nurses also had feelings of distrust and uncertainty due to lack of knowledge.
The nurse anaesthetists strove to uphold the principle that patients who are/have been substance dependent have the same right to adequate treatment and care as all patients. If guidelines were developed for this patient group, care could be made safer and nurses’ sense of uncertainty minimized.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
nurse anaesthetist, relapse, substance abuse, perioperative care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21014DiVA: diva2:894001