Home > Issue 2 ( Volume 1 ) > Quality Nursing Care: a Selective Review of the Literature of Patients’ and Nurses’ Interpretations


What is already known about the topic?

  • Quality nursing care is a concept that attracted the interest of nurse professionals around the world.
  • Quality of nursing care is a multidimensional concept which is difficult to define or measure.
  • Patients and nurses hold different meanings in relation to quality nursing care.

What this paper adds?

  • Despite the different understandings between nurses and patients two aspects of the care were found common, that is being cared for by competent nurses and addressing the patient’s needs.
  • Contributes to the debate surrounding quality nursing care and fuels the concern for clarity, and accuracy in relation to the conceptualisation of the term.
  • Quality nursing care is a context specific term, meaning that many variables deriving from contextual factors influence the way that patients and nurses view quality.

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