About the project
Home health care is an important arena for Norwegian health services. Increasingly more and sicker patients receive health care in their own home, and there is a greater diversity of patients and tasks in home health care. Professional competence is a key issue to ensure quality of home based care. Home based health care is an increasingly important workplace for nurses and a mandatory clinical practice for student nurses.
The aim is to explore and identify professional and political discourses on nursing competence in home health care with a critical look at power relations and governing values. d as elucidated in key political documents dealing with home health care services. Further the aim is to illuminate the nurse's special expertise in home health care and provide input to discussions concerning the content and scope of the nurse's competence and practice in home-based nursing
The study is based on social constructivism, which emphasizes that knowledge is constructed through dialogue and language in a social, cultural and historical context. Competence is understood as a dynamic and contextual concept, which consists of knowledge, skills and personal qualities. Learning is seen from a sociocultural perspective.
The study is multi method with an qualitative exploratory. It entails focus group interviews with nurses working in home health care, to explore their experiences and discourses on nursing competence in their everyday work. Further there will be a discourse analysis of key political documents dealing with home health care, highlighting and discussing nursing competence.
Master i sykepleievitenskap, University of Oslo.
Refleksjon og dannelse (Bergen)