Technological intimacy in haemodialysis nursing

Bennett, Paul N. 2011, Technological intimacy in haemodialysis nursing, Nursing inquiry, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 247-252.

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Title Technological intimacy in haemodialysis nursing
Author(s) Bennett, Paul N.
Journal name Nursing inquiry
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 247
End page 252
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1320-7881
1440-1800
Keyword(s) dialysis
intimacy
renal nursing
technology
Summary Technology plays a major role in nursing care. Among the challenges for nurses is being able to maintain a patient focus while surrounded by highly complex technology. The provision of high quality nursing care in technologically complex environments is particularly challenging when nurses develop relationships with their patients over an extended period of time. In these environments the potential for intimate relationships can increase. This potential for intimacy is evident in the haemodialysis context where dialysis technology, nurses and patients interface. As nurses and patients can spend up to 20 hours per week together intimate relationships can develop. This paper identifies the challenges these dialysis nurses face and introduces the concept of technological intimacy. Technological intimacy can be defined as physical touching and self disclosure, associated with closeness and knowing, that is undertaken in the full view of others in a healthcare environment dominated by technology. In the haemodialysis context technological intimacy has been scarcely acknowledged and rarely researched. Further research will assist in guiding haemodialysis nursing practice.
Notes Article first published online 10 July 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 110312 Nephrology and Urology
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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