Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

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Edited By: Åshild Slettebø and Lennart Fredriksson

Impact Factor: 0.961

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 39/104 (Nursing (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1471-6712

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Editor's Choice - June 2014

Sustainability in nursing: a concept analysis
Anna Anåker & Marie Elf

The authors of this concept analysis aim to describe, explore and explain an important concept in nursing, namely sustainability. Researchers from many disciplines advocate the concept of sustainability in order to protect the environment. Even so, the concept of sustainability in nursing is not defined very well and it is still poorly researched even though its importance is clear. The authors of the present study thus claim the need for theoretical and empirical studies of sustainability in nursing.

In this study the authors have chosen a concept analysis design described by Walker and Avant. They found that sustainability in nursing involves six defining attributes. Those are ecology, environment, future, globalism, holism and maintenance. These attributes are clearly explained in relation to sustainability and nursing responsibility. In accordance with the design there are defined antecedents for the concept which include climate change, environmental impact and awareness, confidence in the future, responsibility and a willingness to change. Furthermore the authors found that sustainability needs for be a part of nursing academic programs and in descriptions of the academic subject of nursing. The implications also involve education in the areas of ecology, environment and sustainable development. This study is important to highlight for nursing and caring science and it describes new and important knowledge regarding what nurses and nurse educators can contribute in order to achieve sustainable nursing.

Åshild Slettebø, Editor in Chief, SCS and Lennart Fredriksson, Associate Editor, SCS

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