En linedans i spændingsfelter - sygepleje til indsatte i arresten. En kvalitativ interviewundersøgelse

Ida Gaist, Monica Arbirk, Helle Elisabeth Andersen

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Nurses working in detention centers play pivotal roles in inmate healthcare. Yet, they often face tension fields due to conflicting jail policies and nursing principles, influencing their work and their responses to the challenging environment.
This qualitative study explores nurses’ experiences in providing healthcare to inmates, focusing on tension fields within this context.
We conducted a Reflective Lifeworld Research study using semi-structured interviews to explore the phenomenon.
Four constituents emerged as tension fields: 1) reconciling meaningful care with the rough environment, 2) navigating between constraints and opportunities, 3) maintaining trust while avoiding manipulation, and 4) balancing alliances with controversies among nurses and other professionals.
This study provides an in-depth understanding of nurses’ complex roles in detention centers, highlighting their adept handling of tension fields in a demanding work environment. Nurses successfully manage workplace challenges by remaining consistently aware of the harsh surroundings without compromising their relationships with inmates or the quality of care provided.
TidsskriftKlinisk sygepleje
Antal sider19
StatusAccepteret/In press - 25 feb. 2024


  • Sygdom, sundhedsvidenskab og sygepleje
  • Detention Centers/Jails
  • Ethics
  • Nursing
  • Tension field
  • Work Environment