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Death and caring for dying patients: exploring first-year nursing students' descriptive experiences
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Äldre och långvariga tillstånd)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9257-5087
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Äldre och långvariga tillstånd)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3404-3431
Ersta Sköndal University College and Ersta Hospital, Palliative Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden / Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
Ersta Sköndal University College and Ersta Hospital, Palliative Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden / Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2014 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 20, no 10, 509-515 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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Mark Allen Group , 2014. Vol. 20, no 10, 509-515 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10176DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.10.509PubMedID: 25350217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10176DiVA: diva2:764019
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Sjuksköterskestudenters erfarenheter av och attityder till att vårda döende personer som grund för utveckling av undervisning i pallaitiv vård
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