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Äldres behov och vårdpersonals kunskap i äldreomsorgen
Örebro University, Department of Education.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The development of Swedish demographics point at a large future need of new recruitment of staff for geriatric care. A sufficient number of people are not expected to spontaneously apply for work within the caring profession in the near future. Among nursing staff recruited today, there is a proportionally lower share of people with care education than has earlier been the case. The low share of people with professional competence has a negative effect on the development of quality within the care of older people. According to Swedish law, the performance of the care of elderly should be of good quality, involving people with adequate education and experience. There are currently no set professional standards regarding the competence of care providing staff. Against this background the objectives for this essay was set to investigate the nursing staff’s knowledge and learning in relation to the needs of elderly people. The empirical part consists of qualitative interviews, conducted with elderly people, nursing staff and unit managers within institutions of eldercare. The interview material has then been interpreted and analyzed, based on theories of knowledge and learning. The issues dealt with in this study are approached within the hermeneutical framework. The result shows a basic need of help with domestic work and support with personal care as well as a need for being met and treated with respect and empathy. A sound knowledge consisting of scientific knowledge, which can be described as “know that”, practical knowledge , which can be described as “know how” and practical wisdom, a question of doing the right thing at the right time, are found among the interviewed staff. This knowledge is gained through formal education as well as through work experience. Essential in this context is also a fundamental aptitude for the caring profession. The work includes elements of routines and given tasks. It is though characterized by a shift between maintaining and breaking those routines according to how the staff judges the demands of the given situation. The staff needs to rely upon their own ability to define their working tasks and the suitable methods for accomplishing them. Therefore, the learning of the nursing staff is embossed by an adjustment according to given targets and a searching attitude towards the tasks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , p. 90
Keywords [sv]
äldreomsorg, kompetens, vårdpersonal, kunskap, lärande, hermeneutik, episteme, techne, fronesis
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-1877ISRN: ORU-PED/PED-D--08/0001--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-1877DiVA, id: diva2:135592
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Available from: 2008-02-29 Created: 2008-02-29 Last updated: 2017-10-18

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