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: En allmän litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Nurses' experiences of encountering refugees in healthcare: A literature study
  • Claudine Musekura
  • Anna Wemlert

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: Large flows of refugees move around the world and need care. To be able to meet the refugees, nurses need, in addition to the general guidelines described, to have cultural competence, together with knowledge of trauma and a willingness to help in a person-centered way. The experience of the meeting from the nurses’ perspective will form the basis of the results part of the study. ICN’s code guides the world’s nurses to a unified approach regardless of what national laws and regulations look like. It stands for human rights and provides a basis for an ethical approach. Aim: The aim was to shed light on nurses' experiences of encountering refugees in healthcare. Method: A literature study based on qualitative studies. Databases CINAHL Complete and PubMed have been used to search for articles. Friberg’s (2022) five- stage model has been used for analysis. Results: The fifteen qualitative articles resulted in three categories: “Nurses’ experiences of the importance of communication when meeting refugees”, “Nurses’ experiences of the regulations and care systems making it difficult when meeting refugees'' and “Cultural differences and lack of competence became a challenge for nurses in the meeting with refugees''. Discussion: The discussion of the method was based on Shenton’s (2004) four trustworthiness concepts such as: credibility, confirmability, dependability, and transferability. The discussion's results highlighted three statements: “Person-centered meetings, Nurses’ competence and tasks, and Cultural competence”. The discussion shows that greater commitment and more focus on cultural competence is already needed during nursing education. Conclusion: Education is an important factor in raising awareness among nurses and breaking prejudices against refugees in healthcare. The number of interpreters needs to increase, together with person-centered care.
Date of Award2022-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorLena Ottosson (Supervisor) & Christine Etzerodt Laustsen (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations (50904)


  • experiences
  • encounter
  • healthcare
  • nurses
  • refugees

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