Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify and describe the ethical values that are experienced by the older person in daily interaction with nurses in a ward for older people during caring encounters.
Background: Ethical values and morals are important aspects that influence the quality ofcare.Background: Ethical values and morals are important aspects that influence the quality of care.
Methods: Empirical observational study including follow-up interviews. Twenty-two older people participated voluntarily in this study. Constant comparative analysis, the core foundation of grounded theory was used.
Results: Five categories; Being addressed, receiving respect, desiring to participate, increasing self-determination and gaining self-confidence were the basis for the core category: Approaching: Approaching is about how people get closer to each other in physical space. It also includes how people become closer to each other in a dialogue, which involves verbal or bodily communication.
Conclusions and Relevance to Clinical Practice: Approaching indicates the ethical values that guide nurses in their caring encounters with older persons. This ethical value is noted by the older person and has an individual value, as well as leading to improved quality of their care. The older person will be confident and satisfied with the caring encounter if the desired components in the nurse’s approaching are exhibited.