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Transforming desolation into consolation: the meaning of being in situations of ethical difficulty in intensive care.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
1999 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 6, no 5, 357-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this phenomenological-hermeneutic study was to illuminate the meaning of being in ethically difficult care situations. The participants were 20 enrolled nurses employed in six intensive care units in Sweden. The results reveal a complex human process manifested in relation to one's inner self and the other person, which transforms desolation into consolation through becoming present to the suffering other when perceiving fragility rather than tragedy. The main point of significance here is for all health professionals to create an ethical work environment and strive for praxis that fosters 'at-homeness', which renders us free to transform desolation into consolation. Consolation is of significance in ethics because it makes us available and helps us to fulfil the demands of life, while desolation makes us unavailable to others.

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1999. Vol. 6, no 5, 357-73 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-29951PubMedID: 10696183OAI: diva2:278641
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