Nurses in cancer care - coping strategies when encountering existential issues.
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Ltd. , 2006. Vol. 10, 128-139 p.
Stress, existential issues, coping, coping strategies
Religious Studies Nursing
Research subject Psychology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154258DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2005.05.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154258DiVA: diva2:419753
ProjectsOncologynurses and coping processes