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This study describes Registered Nurses' perceptions of geriatric rehabilitation nursing as well as their experiences of working in the rehabilitation of older patients in Denmark, Finland and Norway. The aim was to gain deeper insights into how Registered Nurses think about geriatric rehabilitation nursing and how their perceptions differ in these countries. The data were collected among 600 Registered Nurses using a structured questionnaire with five background items and 88 geriatric rehabilitation nursing items. The response rate was 65%. Data analysis was with SPSS statistical software. Geriatric rehabilitation nursing was experienced as something that required knowledge and experience, patience and creativity, as well as professional skills. The nurses talked with their patients about their rehabilitation goals, but not all nurses were aware of those goals. Progress in the rehabilitation process was evaluated on a daily basis and results were noted in the patients' records. The nurses motivated patients by giving them positive feedback, by preventing pain, by pausing to share with the patients their joy about progress, and by giving the patients the opportunity to cope with daily activities. The Registered Nurses in Denmark were more team oriented and they set out the goals in the patient's records more often than their colleagues did in Finland and Norway.

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Routasalo, P., Wagner, L., & Virtanen, H. (2004). Registered Nurses’ perceptions of geriatric rehabilitation nursing in three Scandinavian countries. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 18(2), 220–228. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2004.00273.x

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