Cancer patients’ perceptions of the good nurse: a literature review, Nursing Ethics, 2009 Sep; 16(5): 528-42
This article discusses findings from a mixed method literature review that investigated cancer patients’ perceptions of what constitutes a good nurse. To find pertinent articles, we conducted a systematic key word search of five journal databases (1998-2008). The application of carefully constructed inclusion criteria and critical appraisal identified 12 relevant articles. According to the patients, good nurses were shown to be characterized by specific, but inter-related, attitudes, skills and knowledge; they engage in person-to-person relationships, respect the uniqueness of patients, and provide support. Professional and trained skills as well as broad and specific nursing and non-nursing knowledge are important. The analysis revealed that these characteristics nurtured patient well-being, which manifests as optimism, trust, hope, support, confirmation, safety and comfort. Cancer patients’ perceptions of what constitutes a good nurse represent an important source of knowledge that will enable the development of more comprehensive and practice-based views on good nursing care for such patients. These perceptions help us to understand how nurses effectively make a difference in cancer patient care.
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Filed under: cancer | Tagged: Cancer Patients; CINAHL Database; Clinical Competence; Cochrane Library; Medline; Nurse Attitudes; Nurse-Patient Relations; Nursing Knowledge; Nursing Skills; Personality; Psycinfo; Qualitative Studie, Psychosocial; Systematic Review | Comments Off