The experience of nurses working within a voluntary network: A qualitative study of health care for undocumented migrants

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Abstract

Purpose: To illuminate the experience of nurses providing health care to undocumented migrants in a voluntary network. Methods and sample: In a qualitative study, semistructured interviews were conducted with RNs regarding their experience of providing health care to undocumented migrants within a voluntary network. The interview transcripts were analysed using the inductive method of content analysis. Findings: Three main categories emerged - structural inadequacy, ethical dilemmas and challenges, and personal impact and insights. The informants were driven by a strong ethical approach and a great sense of responsibility as human beings and as nurses. Conclusion: Engaging with the voluntary network allowed the informants to cope with their frustration and feelings of inadequacy which emerged when confronted with institutionalised injustice in the conventional healthcare system.

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Authors
  • Maria Sandblom
  • Elisabeth Mangrio
External organisations
  • Malmö University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Health Sciences

Keywords

  • Dilemmas, Ethics, Meaning, Migrants, Undocumented migrants, Voluntary work
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-292
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Volume31
Issue number2
Early online date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Externally publishedYes