Background: Dementia is becoming more common and the risk of developing this disease increases with age. Dementia impairs the language, thinking abilities as well asmore general cognitive and intellectual functions. Nursing aims to make life as good as possible despite the effects of the disease. Nurses have felt that they need more skills inorder to ensure that dementia patients get proper nursing. Purpose: The report describes how nurses perceive the care given to dementia patients. Method: The report is based on a literature review of twelve qualitative and quantitative scientific papers. The papers were selected through searches in electronicdatabases, and they are examined and analyzed. Results: Findings indicated that knowledge and training are missing, difficult to communicate with dementia patients. Nurses giving the patients sedatives so they couldwork in tranquility. Discussion: Knowledge and training in the dementia disease and in how the care influence the dementia patient can lead to several positive aspects: the communication between the nurses and the patient can improve, the atmosphere can become more beneficial with increased warmth and laughter, and the dosage of sedatives can be decreased. We conclude that knowledge and training are crucial in the care of dementia patients and that the employer should continuously provide training opportunities to the nurses.
|Date of Award||2010-Sept-21|
|Supervisor||Ellinor Edfors (Supervisor)|
- 15 HE credits
Swedish Standard Keywords
- Nursing (30305)