Death and caring for dying patients: exploring first-year nursing students' descriptive experiences
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, Vol. 20, no 10, 509-515 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim: To describe first-year nursing student`s expereinces of witnessing death and providing end-of-life care. Methods: This study is a part of a larger longitudial prject. Interviews (n=17) were conducted with nursing students at the end of their fisrt year of education. To analyse the interviews (lived-expereince description), a thematic analysis, "a search for meaning" (Van Manen, 1997) was applied. Result: The results are presented within the framework of four separate themes: (1) The thought of death is more frightening than the actual epereince, (2) Daring to approach the dying patient and offering something of oneself, (3) The expereince of not sufficing in the face of death and (4) being confronted with one`s own feelings. Conclusion: Nursing students require continous support and opportunity to reflect and discuss their experiences about caring for dying patients and confronting death throughout the entirety of their education. In addition, teachers and clinical superviosors need t give support using reflective practice to help students to devlo confidence in their capacity for caring dying patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mark Allen Group , 2014. Vol. 20, no 10, 509-515 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Medical sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10176DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.10.509PubMedID: 25350217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10176DiVA: diva2:764019
ProjectsSjuksköterskestudenters erfarenheter av och attityder till att vårda döende personer som grund för utveckling av undervisning i pallaitiv vård