Encounters between multicultural family members and the nurses in the context of intensive care

Sevald Høye, Kari Kvigne, Sture Åström, Elisabeth Severinsson, Inger Öster


The increase in people on the move creates populations that are culturally diverse. People meet various challenges regarding themigration process, social life, jobs and health issues. When a person suffers from acute and critical illness, he/she may be in needof intensive care. The aim of this study was to explore the comprehension of culture, caring and gender among first and secondgeneration immigrant women as relatives on their encounters with intensive care nurses in Norwegian hospitals. A design basedupon discursive psychology to explore subject positions, interpretative repertoires and ideological dilemmas focused immigrantfemale relatives’ experiences with a cultural and gender perspective. Immigrants who were relatives to critically ill peoplewere interviewed. The results of the discourse analysis revealed the following themes: being the caring person as woman,being intertwined between the Western hospital culture and the original family culture and belonging to a minority in a Westernmajority culture. Conclusion: The women in the families with a critically ill family member mainly act as the caring person.There are dilemmas in how much every family transfer the responsibility for their loved one to the nurses. Anxious attitudesregarding caring activities are rarely linked to their cultural background.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/cns.v3n1p89


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