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    Compassion and Responsibility in Surgical Care.Kirsti Torjuul, Ingunn Elstad & Venke Sørlie - 2007 - Nursing Ethics 14 (4):522-534.
    Ten nurses at a university hospital in Norway were interviewed as part of a comprehensive investigation into the narratives of nurses and physicians about being in ethically difficult situations in surgical units. The transcribed interview texts were subjected to a phenomenological-hermeneutic interpretation. The main theme in the narratives was being close to and moved by the suffering of patients and relatives. The nurses' responsibility for patients and relatives was expressed as a commitment to act, and they needed to ask themselves (...)
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    Ethical Challenges in Surgery as Narrated by Practicing Surgeons.Kirsti Torjuul, Ann Nordam & Venke Sørlie - 2005 - BMC Medical Ethics 6 (1):1-10.
    Background The aim of this study was to explore the ethical challenges in surgery from the surgeons' point of view and their experience of being in ethically difficult situations. Methods Five male and five female surgeons at a university hospital in Norway were interviewed as part of a comprehensive investigation into the narratives of nurses and physicians about being in such situations. The transcribed interview texts were subjected to a phenomenological-hermeneutic interpretation. Results No differences in ethical reasoning between male and (...)
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    Action Ethical Dilemmas in Surgery: An Interview Study of Practicing Surgeons. [REVIEW]Kirsti Torjuul, Ann Nordam & Venke Sørlie - 2005 - BMC Medical Ethics 6 (1):1-9.
    Background The aim of this study was to describe the kinds of ethical dilemmas surgeons face during practice. Methods Five male and five female surgeons at a University hospital in Norway were interviewed as part of a comprehensive investigation into the narratives of physicians and nurses about ethically difficult situations in surgical units. The transcribed interview texts were subjected to a phenomenological-hermeneutic interpretation. Results No gender differences were found in the kinds of ethical dilemmas identified among male and female surgeons. (...)
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    Continuity of Nursing and the Time of Sickness.Ingunn Elstad & Kirsti Torjuul - 2009 - Nursing Philosophy 10 (2):91-102.
    This paper explores the relationship between temporal continuity in nursing and temporal features of sickness. It is based on phenomenological and hermeneutical philosophy, empirical studies of sickness time, and the nursing theories of Nightingale, of Benner and of Benner and Wrubel. In the first part, temporal continuity is defined as distinct from interpersonal continuity. Tensions between temporal continuity and discontinuity are discussed in the contexts of care management, of conceptualisations of disease and of time itself. Temporal limitations to the methodological (...)
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