Nurses' perceptions of sexuality relating to patient care
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 313–321, May 1999
How to Cite
GUTHRIE, C. (1999), Nurses' perceptions of sexuality relating to patient care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8: 313–321. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.1999.00253.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
- coping mechanisms;
- patient care;
• This paper presents a research study which explores the perceptions of nurses regarding sexuality related to patient care.
• A qualitative approach was taken to the research. The methodology used was grounded theory.
• The findings illustrate that nurses had difficulty dealing with issues of sexuality, and the reasons for this were complex and interrelated. Patient care was influenced by nurses' perceptions of sexuality.
• Nurses in the study did not, generally, provide patient care relating to sexuality.
• Nurses were reluctant to discuss sexuality with their patients.
• Stereotyped images of nurses, males and homosexuals were common.
• Nurses dealt with issues of patient sexuality by employing a variety of coping strategies.