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Title: Nurses in cancer care—coping strategies when encountering existential issues
Author(s): Ekedahl, Marieanne
Wengstrom, Yvonne
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Keywords: Existential issues
coping strategies
Stress Psychology
Cancer Nursing
Nurses Job stress
Patients and carers
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Date Deposited: 4-Jun-2009
Citation: Ekedahl M & Wengstrom Y (2006) Nurses in cancer care—coping strategies when encountering existential issues. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10 (2), pp. 128-139.
Abstract: Summary This paper is a presentation of general/secular coping strategies and strategies related to the caritas orientation that nurses in cancer care use when encountering stress. As a concept, caritas indicates the will to do good. The paper tries to provide an answer to the question of which functional and dysfunctional coping strategies nurses use when coping with work-related stress. The study is qualitative and hypothesis-generating. The material analysed consists of 15 interviews with Swedish registered nurses and is based on a life-story approach. Pargament’s coping theory related to the psychology of religion has been applied for interpretation purposes. The nurses use several coping strategies with the dominant strategy being a general boundary demarcation. Other strategies that were used for coping included emotional outlets, caritas—oblivion and periodically changing activity. The strategies can be used in a functional or dysfunctional way; e.g. dysfunctional coping was present when there was a lack of human support and boundary demarcation.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.ejon.2005.05.003
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