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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 265247, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/265247
Research Article

Professionals’ Experiences of the Relations between Personal History and Professional Role

1Faculty of Health Sciences, The University College of Buskerud, Box 7053, 3007 Drammen, Norway
2Institute for Research in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University College of Buskerud, Box 7053, 3007 Drammen, Norway
3Department of Clinical Psychology, The University of Bergen, Box 7807, 5020 Bergen, Norway

Received 13 December 2012; Revised 15 February 2013; Accepted 21 February 2013

Academic Editor: Ivo Abraham

Copyright © 2013 Hege Sjølie et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore whether and how workers in a crisis resolution home treatment (CRHT) team experience the relationship between their personal history and professional role. This paper is based on 13 in-depth interviews with health professionals working in CRHT. The interviews were analysed using a hermeneutic-phenomenological approach. Participants expressed that there is a relationship between their personal history and professional role, and three themes are highlighted as particularly important in, namely experiences related to the participants as individuals, work-related experiences and family-related experiences. The participants write meaning into the relationship between their personal history and professional role. By relating and exploring their own life stories in the interviews, they work on forming meaning and identity.