Balancing contradictory requirements in homecare nursing—A discourse analysis

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  • Ann-Kristin Fjørtoft, VID specialized University, Bergen, Norge
  • Trine Oksholm, VID specialized University, Bergen, Norge
  • Oddvar Førland, VID specialized University, Bergen, Norge
  • Charlotte Delmar
  • Herdis Alvsvaag, VID specialized University, Bergen, Norge

Aim: To explore prevailing discourses on nursing competence in homecare nursing to boost understanding of practice within this field. Design: A qualitative study with a social constructivist perspective. Methods: Six focus-group interviews with homecare nurses in six different municipalities in Norway. Adapting a critical discourse analysis, data were linguistically, thematically and contextually analysed in the light of theories on competence, institutional logic and discourses. Results: The analysis found homecare nursing to be a diverse and contradictory practice with ever-increasing work tasks. Presented as binary oppositions, we identified the following prevailing discourses: individualized care versus organizing work; everyday-life care versus medical follow-up; and following rules versus using professional discretion. The binary oppositions represent contradictory requirements that homecare nurses strive to balance. The findings indicate that medical follow-up and organizational work have become more dominant in homecare nursing, leaving less time and attention paid to relational and everyday-life care.

TidsskriftNursing Open
Sider (fra-til)1011-1019
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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