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Perceptions of Public Health Nursing Practice by Municipal Health Officials in Norway
Harstad University College.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Sociology . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING, ISSN 0737-1209, Vol. 26, no 5, 412-420 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives The objective of this study was to describe and analyze municipal decision-makers views on public health nursing and to reflect upon and discuss the relevance of those views to the future of public health nursing in Norway. Design This explorative qualitative study using face-to-face interviews is part of a larger project, comprising 5 studies, that explores perceptions of public health nursing. Sample A purposeful sample of 11 municipal decision-makers was selected for interview during 2006-2007 to reflect variation in community size and perspective. Results Thematic content analysis of the transcribed interviews revealed 4 content categories: contribution, collaboration, challenges, and visibility. The decision-makers expressed satisfaction with the public health nursing services, showed concern about lack of visibility and clear boundaries, and some expressed irritation over lacking collaboration. The interviewees elaborated on their past experiences as the public health nurses coworkers, leaders, collaborators, and service users. Conclusions The respondents recognized public health nursings contribution to public health but they lack sufficient knowledge of its content and tend to take services at local health clinics for granted. Dialogue between nurses and decision-makers is necessary in order to ensure updated evaluation and continued development of public health nursing services.

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2009. Vol. 26, no 5, 412-420 p.
Keyword [en]
interdisciplinary collaboration, municipal health officials, Norway, nurse visibility, public health nursing
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20587DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2009.00799.xOAI: diva2:235301
Available from: 2009-09-15 Created: 2009-09-15 Last updated: 2009-09-15

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