The Care Ethics of Child Health Nurses in Danish Asylum Centers: An Ethnographic Study

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Child health nurses play an important role in promoting the health and well-being of children and families seeking asylum. However, little is known about how they establish caring partnerships with families in asylum centers. In this article, we examine the ethical care practices that child health nurses within Danish asylum centers adopt to overcome barriers, related to culture, language and migration history, in delivering care. We conducted ethnographic fieldwork in four Danish Red Cross asylum centers, involving participant observation and individual interviews with 20 families and six child health nurses. A thematic analysis of the material reveals five ethical care practices; compassionate care, humanitarian care, flexible care, collaborative care, and supportive care. We show how the confluence of these types of care enables child health nurses to promote health and well-being of children seeking asylum, and discuss the enabling role of the humanitarian culture that prevails within the asylum centers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Research areas

  • asylum-seeking children, care ethics, child health nurse, cultural humility, Denmark, family-centered care, parallel humanitarian system

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