The challenge of integrating justice and care in neonatal nursing

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The aim of this study was to explore neonatal nurses' and mothers of preterm infants' experiences of daily challenges. Interviews took place asking for good, bad and challenging experiences. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis and findings were clustered in two categories: good and challenging experiences, each containing three themes. The good experiences were: managing with success as a nurse, small things matter for mothers, and a good day anyhow for mothers and nurses. The challenging experiences were: mothering in public, being pulled between responsibilities, and adverse things stick under the nurses' skin. The study shows that small daily clinical matters become big issues and could lead to moral distress, and that nurses integrate ethics of justice and ethics of care while mothers are concerned about health and well-being of their specific infant only. The challenge for nursing to integrate fairness and sensitive care in family-oriented neonatal care is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Ethics
Pages (from-to)80-90
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

    Research areas

  • Adult, Attitude of Health Personnel, Attitude to Health, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature, Middle Aged, Mothers, Neonatal Nursing, Nursing Methodology Research, Nursing Staff, Hospital, Qualitative Research, Social Justice, Young Adult

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