Providing health information is an important aspect of public health nursing.
This article describes how public health nurses (PHNs) give information to enhance client competence.
The findings are part of a larger study that explored PHNs'perspectives and experiences of their practice.
The study employed an exploratory descriptive qualitative research design.
Data were gathered through in-depth individual and focus group interviews with 28 PHNs in Alberta, Canada.
Content analysis revealed that nurses work to enhance client competence by sharing professional knowledge and by building on the client's experiential knowledge.
Nurses provide information to assist clients with immediate concerns and for future use.
PHNs use three main strategies to deal with immediate concerns : being direct, providing options, and presenting a different view.
Information for future use focused on enhancing development and forestalling future problems.
Nurses build on clients'experiential knowledge by acknowledging their present situation, giving positive feedback, being there, and gently persuading.
The authors suggest that the melding of professional and client knowledge is foundational to health promotion approaches that enhance client competence.
There is a need for further research that explores the intricacies of developing partnerships between professionals and clients that embrace a sharing of professional and experiential knowledge.
Mots-clés Pascal : Nursing, Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Relation soignant soigné, Interaction sociale, Communication information, Connaissance, Malade, Promotion santé, Pratique professionnelle, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nursing, Nurse, Health staff, Health staff patient relation, Social interaction, Information communication, Knowledge, Patient, Health promotion, Professional practice, Canada, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0366048
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 12/09/1997.