Känslor av maktlöshet bland sjuksköterskor
: en litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Feelings of powerlessness among nurses': a literature review
  • Hanna Vikström
  • Ida Pettersson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Feelings of powerlessness can affect nurses’ commitment and responsibility for patients. In their profession the nurses’ has responsibility for the patients and wants to help the patients get well. When the nurses’ realize that the goal can’t be achieved a sense of powerlessness can occur. Aim: Was to describe nurses’ experiences of powerlessness when caring for patients. Method: A literature review with a qualitative approach. The study was based on 12 scientific articles. Result: From the analysis four categories of nurses’ experiences of powerlessness emerged. They were: inadequacy, frustration, fear and lack of control. Discussion: Powerlessness has been discussed based on two statements: It has been shown that high demands give feelings of powerlessness among nurses’. When physicians don’t listen to the nurses’ they feel powerless. Conclusion: Powerlessness is a negative feeling and can give consequences for the nurse and the surrounding people. Further research about the phenomenon of powerlessness is needed and strategies to reduce those feelings.

    Date of Award2014-Dec-16
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorBritta-Lena Engström (Supervisor) & Kerstin Blomqvist (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • powerlessness
    • nurse
    • patient
    • literature review
    • experience

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