Att vilja vårda - men inte våga
: En litteraturstudie om sjuksköterskors upplevelser av att vårda psykiskt sjuka patienter på allmänsjukhus

  • Ellinor Lindqvist
  • Susanne Schollin

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: The guidelines for nurses state that the integrity of the patients must be preserved and that all patients must be treated with dignity regardless of their illness. The first meeting is important in the relationship between the nurse and the patient. According to the nursing theorist Joyce Travelbee, this is where the fundamental prerequisites for the future relationship are created and therefore it is important for nurses to free themselves from any bias towards patients. A stigma against mentally ill patients exists among the general public. Purpose: The object was to describe nurses' experiences caring for patients diagnosed with mental illness in general hospitals. Method: The literature study was based on five qualitative and three quantitative scientific papers. Result: The result was that nurses experienced difficulties caring for mentally ill patients, particularly because of the lack of any medical direction given by general hospitals. The nurses also described that they had a lack of knowledge and experience of mental illness and that they sometimes felt afraid of dealing with patients diagnosed with this condition. Fear led to the avoidance of patients and nurses feeling unsuccessful in their professional role. Conclusion: More training in mental health is required in order for nurses to feel confident in dealing with mentally ill patients and improving the care they receive.


    Date of Award2010-Mar-30
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorEllinor Edfors (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • experience
    • treatment
    • nurse
    • mental illness
    • patients
    • general hospital

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