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Why do registered nurses choose to offer complementary and alternative medicine?
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  • Journal title : TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE]
  • Volume 2, Issue 1,  2012, pp.7.1-7.4
  • Publisher : Association of Humanitas Medicine
  • DOI : 10.5667/tang.2011.0021
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Why do registered nurses choose to offer complementary and alternative medicine?
Johannessen, Berit;
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The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is increasing in Norway. A growing number of nurses choose to offer CAM, and the purpose of the study presented in this article was to examine the reasons for their choices. Fieldwork including interviews with 20 nurses offering CAM was conducted. The results showed that the nurses in general are not satisfied with the public health service. They had four main reasons for their choice to offer CAM: 1. A desire to perform holistic nursing. 2. A tendency to value self-realization. 3. A wish to experience meaning in their work and develop a stronger professional identity. 4. A freedom to mix care and cure. The results of this study are also discussed in view of medicalization.
CAM;nursing;holism;professional identity;
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