Providing personal care is one of the most significant activities of nursing care. Nursing students, who approach the patient's body for the first time, may experience a wide range of emotions, affecting their attitude toward the nursing profession and performance. Nevertheless, the emotional aspects related to providing personal care in nursing education have remained relatively neglected. A qualitative descriptive study was performed to describe the emotions felt by first-year nursing students when providing personal care and to analyze the situations which triggered their emotions. First-year students (N = 145) were asked to narrate episodes of body care evoking both positive and negative emotions. Emotions were analyzed according to Damasio's theory while trigger situations were inductively found through a content analysis. Our results show that first-year nursing students experienced mostly social emotions, with a significant triggering role played by patients. In most of the narratives, patients were seen as a source of (un)recognition and personal (un)satisfaction. In this pattern, the patients play a fundamental role in supporting their confidence. Providing emotional education and peer discussion/sharing may facilitate the ability of nursing students to become aware of their own feelings and to be focused on patient's needs.
|Titolo:||Nursing students' emotions evoked by the first contact with patient's body: A qualitative study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 Articolo in Rivista|