En komplex vårdrelation
: En litteraturstudie om sjuksköterskors möte med personer med borderline personlighetssyndrom

Translated title of the thesis: A complex care relationship: A literature study on nurses´ encounters with people with borderline personality disorder
  • Sandra Larsson
  • Jennifer Lindell

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: As a nurse, you come in contact with patients diagnosed with borderline personality syndrome (BPD) in several different contexts. People with BPD have a personality deviation, which can affect the person's mood and manifests itself in rapidly changing emotions. It can be very difficult for the person to create lasting relationships with others. Nurses have the responsibility for nursing and are a professional category that often meets patients with BPD and is appointed as a permanent care contact for the patient. This means that they may have to handle situations that sometimes are difficult and there is a risk that the nurse finds the meeting challenging. In order to improve the nurse's experience, attitude and approach in the contact with the patient, this study can be used for improvement of the work with patients with BPD. Aim: The aim of the study is to shed light on nurses' experiences, attitudes and approach when meeting patients who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Method: The study is a literature review based on qualitative and quantitative articles, which compiles existing research. Results: The result shows that many nurses find the meeting with a BPD patient difficult and look negatively at this group of patients. The results are presented in three main categories which are; a stressful care relationship, an ambivalent care relationship and a hopeful care relationship. Discussion: The method discussion takes place with the help of the concepts of trustworthiness; credibility, confirmability, dependability and transferability. In the results discussion, the three findings are discussed; the nurse's ambivalence in the meeting, the negativity of the patient and increased knowledge for improved experience, attitude and relationship to the patient they are linked to Halldórsdóttír's nursing theory “Caring and uncaring”, the ethical requirement and from a societal perspective
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorFredrik Gasser (Supervisor) & Kerstin Blomqvist (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)


  • nurses
  • borderline personality disorder
  • experiences
  • attitudes
  • meeting

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