[Nurse perception of care in homes for the elderly in Barcelona: analysis using a grounded theory approach].

Enfermeria clinica

PubMedID: 23352432

Abades Porcel M. [Nurse perception of care in homes for the elderly in Barcelona: analysis using a grounded theory approach]. Enferm Clin. 2013;23(1):4-13.
OBJECTIVE
To identify nurse perception of care in homes for the elderly in the city of Barcelona.

METHOD
We performed a qualitative study that included in-depth interviews, participant observations and discussion groups with registered nurses at two care homes for the elderly. Data were collected from June to October 2008 and in May in 2009, and analysed using grounded theory methodology.

RESULTS
Twelve registered nurses and 10 student nurses participated in the study. Nurses reported feelings of happiness and affection, increased sensitivity in human values, and personal growth, despite work-related obstacles.

CONCLUSIONS
Although care of the elderly is undervalued by society and by nurses working in other health fields, nurses in residential homes for the elderly perceive their work as authentic nursing care.