A Qualitative Study of Difficult Nurse-Patient Encounters in Home Health Care
Graduate School of Nursing
Health Services Administration | Nursing
The purpose of this study was to explore nurse-patient encounters from the perspective of the home health care registered nurse. A qualitative descriptive design was used to collect data from a purposive sample of 20 nurses from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island currently or previously employed as a home health care nurse. Four themes and 1 interconnecting theme emerged from the data: objective language; navigating the unknown; mitigating risk; looking for reciprocality in the encounter; and the interconnecting theme of acknowledging not all nurse-patient encounters go well. Three types of encounters-constructive, nonconstructive, and destructive-were defined.
constructive encounters, difficult encounters, home care, home health care, human-to-human relationship, mitigating risk, nonconstructive encounters, nurse-patient encounters, reciprocality, reciprocity
Falkenstrom MK. A Qualitative Study of Difficult Nurse-Patient Encounters in Home Health Care. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2016 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27798435.
ANS. Advances in nursing science
Falkenstrom M. (2016). A Qualitative Study of Difficult Nurse-Patient Encounters in Home Health Care. Graduate School of Nursing Publications. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsn_pp/51