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Decision making within a community provider organization

Journal article
Authors ingela Berggren
Eric Carlström
Published in British Journal of Community Nursing
Volume 15
Issue 12
Pages 611-7
ISSN 1462-4753
Publication year 2010
Published at
Pages 611-7
Language en
Subject categories Nursing, Economics and Business, Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified


AIM: To explore community nurses' experiences of decision making within the community provider organization. BACKGROUND: Recent changes in health care with an increasing number of patients being cared for outside of institutions can put considerable pressure on the nurse with respect to decision making. METHODS: In-depth interviews were performed with 6 registered nurses in two communities. The interviews were analysed by means of phenomenological hermeneutics. RESULTS: The community nurses' experiences of decision making were interpreted as spiders or octopuses, consultants and troubleshooters. The subthemes were; networking and structuring, responsibility, availability and knowledge, assessment power, information selection, avoiding rules and bypassing managers. In accordance with hermeneutical phenomenology, the findings were discussed and explained with reference to Ofstad's philosophy of freedom to make decisions. CONCLUSION: In their decision making, community nurses are committed to finding administrative solutions that satisfy patient needs.

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