Kim de Groot wins the Johanna Diepeveen-Speekenbrink Science Award 2017

Nivel researcher and home-care nurse Kim de Groot won the Johanna Diepeveen-Speekenbrink Science Award with her article ‘Attractiveness of working in home care: An online focus group study among nurses’. The article shows that being a “linchpin”, autonomy and variety are the attractive aspects of working in home care.

Being a “linchpin”
Home-care nurses find being a “linchpin” attractive; they like it to be the leading professional who forms the link between the patient, family caregivers and other professionals (e.g. general practitioners, nursing assistants). Besides, their role as linchpin means that they consider the patient as the centre of their care and the patient needs as starting point.

Autonomy and variety
Home-care nurses also find having autonomy attractive: autonomy over decision making about nursing care, freedom in work scheduling and working in self-directed teams. Variety in patient situations and nursing activities also makes their work attractive. This variety prevents their work from becoming a boring routine. 

Shortage of home-care nurses
Kim de Groot studied the attractive aspects of working in home care to formulate recommendations to resolve the substantial shortage of home-care nurses. The study involved six online focus groups with a total of 38 Dutch home-care nurses. According to the jury the data collection was innovative,  and the article useful in the discussion about solutions for the shortage of home-care nurses.

Johanna Diepeveen-Speekenbrink Science Award
Kim de Groot received the prize on 22 September 2017 during an annual meeting of Clinical Health Sciences of Utrecht University. The Johanna Diepeveen-Speekenbrink foundation annually awards this prize for the best article, based on a master thesis from the master Nursing Science of Utrecht University. Kim conducted here master thesis at Nivel under the supervision of prof. dr. Anneke Francke. 
Kim de Groot
Winner of the the Johanna Diepeveen-Speekenbrink Science Award 2017