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Nurses in cancer care - coping strategies when encountering existential issues.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
Department of Neurobiology, Care science and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge Sweden.
2006 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 10, 128-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is a presentation of general/secular coping strategies and strategies related to the caritas orientation that nurses in cancer care use when encountering stress. As a concept, caritas indicates the will to do good. The paper tries to provide an answer to the quesion of which functional and dysfunctional coping strategies nurses use when coping with work-related stress. The study is qualitative and hypothesis-generating. The material analysed consists of 15 interviews with Swedish registered nurses and is based on a life-story approach. Pargament´s coping theory related to the psychology of religion has been applied for interpretation purposes. The nurses use several coping strategies with the dominant strategy being a general boundary demarcation. Other strategies that were used for coping included emotional outlets, caritas-oblivion and periodically changing activity. The strategies can be used in a functional or dysfunctional way; e.g. dysfunctional coping was present when there was a lack of human support and boundary demarcation.

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Elsevier Ltd. , 2006. Vol. 10, 128-139 p.
Keyword [en]
Stress, existential issues, coping, coping strategies
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Religious Studies Nursing
Research subject
Psychology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154258DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2005.05.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154258DiVA: diva2:419753
Oncologynurses and coping processes
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