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Compassion practice by Ugandan nurses who provide HIV care

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dc.contributor.author Harrowing, Jean N.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-03T14:16:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-03T14:16:19Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-31
dc.identifier.citation Harrowing, J., (Jan 31, 2011) "Compassion Practice by Ugandan Nurses Who Provide HIV Care" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 16, No. 1, Manuscript 5. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3146
dc.description.abstract Compassion is fundamental to ethical nursing practice; it represents a commitment to acknowledge and respond to the suffering of the patient. Many structural, economic, and sociopolitical challenges confront Ugandan nurses in their efforts to incorporate compassion into their care of persons with HIV illness. After reviewing the literature related to compassion fatigue, the author describes nursing in sub-Saharan Africa and presents a qualitative study exploring the impact of education on 24 nurses’ lives, including their capacity to avoid or mitigate the development of compassion fatigue. Data were collected through interviews, observation, and focus group discussions. Findings illustrate the barriers participants faced in providing competent care and the liberating effects of new knowledge and skills. Engaging in meaningful relationships, maintaining hopeful attitudes, and advocating for the profession were found to transform and affirm the nurses’ approach toward their work and enhance their experiences of compassion satisfaction. The author discusses the unique aspects of the experience of compassion among Ugandan nurses caring for persons with HIV illness. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher OJIN en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject HIV infections--Uganda en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease)--Uganda en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS--Nursing en_US
dc.subject Nursing education--Uganda en_US
dc.subject Uganda en_US
dc.subject Compassion fatigue en_US
dc.title Compassion practice by Ugandan nurses who provide HIV care en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US


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