The position of home‐care nursing in primary health care: A critical analysis of contemporary policy documents

Nursing Inquiry 29 (2):e12445 (2022)
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Internationally, primary health care has in recent years gained a more central position in political priorities to ensure sustainable health care for the population. Thus, more people receive health care locally and in their own homes, where home-care nursing plays a large role. In this article, we investigate how home-care nursing is articulated and made visible in contemporary Norwegian policy documents. The study is a Fairclough-inspired critical discourse analysis seeking to uncover the position of nursing in the prevailing political ideologies on current primary health care. In the documents, we identified several complementary and conflicting understandings about home-care nursing. Home-care nursing is presented as a basic part of a municipality's health services, but at the same time, its content and contribution are unclear and almost invisible. We argue that the absence of nursing leads to significant perspectives being left out and tie this to the fact that some patient groups and tasks seem to be disadvantaged. The political placement of home-care nursing in the health-care landscape is thus not just about nursing as a professional practice but also concerns fundamental care values in our society in relation to disadvantaged groups and work tasks.



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