At home with meaning: Older persons' meaning in life, good home nursing and nurse education

S. Hupkens

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Meaning in life (MiL) is a subject of growing interest in (Dutch) society. In later life,
MiL can be a challenge for older persons, among others, due to loss of dear ones
and loss of physical and mental ability. Most older persons in the Netherlands age
in place (in their private homes), hence home nurses frequently encounter older
patients with MiL issues. According to the Dutch nurse competence profile, MiL
issues are principle problems on which nurses should focus. However, nurses in
practice feel incompetent in this regard. The scholarly literature provides little
support, as it contains multiple gaps regarding: MiL of older home nursing
patients; home nursing with respect to older patient’s MiL; and education in this
regard. Lack of knowledge and competence contributes to nurses’ dissatisfaction
and may negatively influence patients’ health and quality of life. The objective of
this thesis is to generate knowledge with respect to the mentioned knowledge-gaps.
Additionally, this work contributes to good professional practice and to education
with respect to older home nursing patients’ MiL.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Humanistic Studies
  • Machielse, Anja, Supervisor
  • Derkx, P.H.J.M., Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Apr 2021
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Electronic ISBNs9789493012219
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2021

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