Nurses' perceptions of their role in rehabilitation of the older person

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Abstract

Kathleen G Burke and Owen Doody discuss a study that highlights the aspects of care needed to re-enable older people to maximise their quality of life

Aim

The aim of the study was to explore nurses’ perceptions of their role in rehabilitation of the older person.

Method

Nine participants were interviewed in two rehabilitation units in Ireland. Data were transcribed and analysed using Colaizzi's (1978) framework.

Findings

Three main themes emerged: care delivery, collaboration and autonomy/empowerment.

Conclusion

Nurses have an important role in the rehabilitation of older people, which is often undervalued and ill-defined. Nurses need to recognise and articulate their contribution and value.

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