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"I care for them as if it was myself": Tanzanian nurses´experiences of HIV/AIDS in caring for patients and in their everyday life. A qualitative Minor Field Study
Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to explore nine nurses, seven women and two men, lived experiences related to HIV/AIDS and practise related to nursing care for patients’ whit HIV/AIDS in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The nurses’ experiences were revealed trough in-depth interviews where the nurses narrated their stories. The interviews were analyzed using a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach. The analysis of the data resulted in four different themes: (1) the chosen path in life the nurse profession, (2) the devotion and the compassion of caring, (3 sacrifice the self for a greater good, (4) ignorance, and lack of education. Findings showed a great devotion to the nurse profession and good attitudes towards HIV positive patients. Furthermore, the nurses’faced a hard reality involving grief and a well justified fear of the HIV infection. The belief of education and responsibility as a tool to be used against the HIV epidemic was strong. The interviewed nurses also requested supplementary education to satisfy their needs of more specific education regarding HIV/AIDS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2007. , p. 38
Keyword [en]
HIV/AIDS, Nurses, lived experiences, Tanzania
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2766OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2766DiVA, id: diva2:518215
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Medicine
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Available from: 2007-04-24 Created: 2007-04-24 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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