Homecare nurses play a unique role in providing care during the follow-up after hospital discharge and in preventing readmission. The aim of this study was to explore the key challenges faced by homecare nurses in relation to caring for discharged patients. Data were collected through five focus group interviews with 29 Danish homecare nurses and subjected to inductive content analyses. The key challenges faced by homecare nurses fell into three themes: struggling to see the bigger picture, caring for patients from a distance, and compromising on professionalism. The findings demonstrated a paradox between the need for information and the struggle to access this information due to complicated infrastructures of information-sharing. Homecare nurses took on a substantial responsibility in providing the best possible care despite having limited information. Ironically, by taking on this responsibility, they implicitly contribute to covering up the problems of organisational and professional information flow.
- Community nursing
- Homecare nursing
- Hospital-to-home transition
- Information and communication
- Transitional care