An insightful awakening that caring is not only theoretical words – undergraduate nursing students’ experiences of learning caring

An insightful awakening that caring is not only theoretical words – undergraduate nursing students’ experiences of learning caring

An insightful awakening that caring is not only theoretical words – undergraduate nursing students' experiences of learning caring

Annually, patient advisory boards in high-income countries receive an increasing amount of complaints from patients and significant others regarding healthcare providers lack of compassionate and professional care. Therefore, it is essential to learn nursing students a good caring behavior. The present study describes the nursing students’ experiences of participating in a Caring Behavior Course. The course focused to link caring theory to caring behavior and caring behavior to caring theory. A variety of learning didactics was used where narratives and simulations were combined with reflective practice. 60 students participated in the course. To evaluate the course, 25 nursing students participated in 5 focus group interviews analyzed with content analysis. The students learned that it requires both theoretical and practical knowledge in caring behavior to be able to encounter patients in a good way. Through the course they encountered an active learning environment, they deepened their understandings of themselves and they received an enhanced awareness of each nurse’s own responsibility of recognizing each patient as a person when delivering care.


Presenter/s: Sophie Mårtensson (School of Health and welfare Jönköping University, Sweden) , Maria Björk (School of Health and Welfare Jönköping University, Sweden)