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Nurses as 'guests' - a study of a concept in light of Jacques Derrida's philosophy of hospitality
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
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2013 (English)In: Nursing Philosophy, ISSN 1466-7681, E-ISSN 1466-769X, Vol. 14, no 2, 117-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As revealed in previous empirical research, nurses describe their position in home-based nursing care (HBNC) as that of guests' in the patient's home. Such a description is problematic as guests' might not be considered to belong to the realm of professionalism. As Jacques Derrida's work on hospitality has received wide publicity, sparking theoretical and philosophical discussion about host and guest, the aim of this study was to explore how the concept guests' can be understood in the light of Derrida's philosophy of hospitality. The study revealed that (a) guest must be considered a binary concept; and (b) hospitality should be regarded as an exchange of giving and receiving between a host and a guest. The present study demonstrated that it is important to reflect on the meaning of the concepts used by nurses in HBNC. Further theoretical and empirical exploration of the concept hospitality' would be fruitful, i.e. what is patients' understanding of hospitality' and hostility' related to nurses' descriptions of themselves as guests' in the patient's home.

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2013. Vol. 14, no 2, 117-126 p.
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Derrida, guest, host, hospitality, binary concept, home-based nursing care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-68258DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2012.00557.xISI: 000316218300006OAI: diva2:616767
Available from: 2013-04-18 Created: 2013-04-15 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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