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Tensions and ambiguities: A qualitative study of final year adult field nursing students' experiences of caring for people affected by advanced dementia in Wales, UK

Watts, Tessa and Davies, Ruth 2014. Tensions and ambiguities: A qualitative study of final year adult field nursing students' experiences of caring for people affected by advanced dementia in Wales, UK. Nurse Education Today 34 (8) , pp. 1149-1154. 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.04.012

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Abstract

Background Rising dementia prevalence means that general nurses globally will encounter more people affected by advanced dementia. Advanced dementia care is profoundly complex yet there is a paucity of research exploring how general nursing students experience and thus learn to care for those affected. Objectives To explore final year nursing students' (adult field) experiences of caring for people affected by advanced dementia. Design A qualitative design was adopted. Setting The setting was Wales, UK. Participants Eleven final year nursing undergraduates (adult field). Method Data were collected using digitally recorded one-to-one in-depth interviews in 2013 and analysed using thematic analysis. Results Participants' experiences fell within three main themes: they can be quite challenging; a lot of dementia patients are seen as hazards and it's not all about doing stuff. Participants aspired to person-centred care. However, they felt insufficiently prepared for what they believed was knowledgeable work requiring interpersonal competence and confidence. Participants appreciated that many practitioners, their clinical educators, were insufficiently prepared for advanced dementia care. Conclusions The study provided further evidence of the complexity of caring for those with advanced dementia and associated theory, practice and policy gaps. There are important implications for education in terms of curriculum development and learning from and in practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0260-6917
Date of Acceptance: 17 April 2014
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 12:20
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115061

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