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Caring for patients in the end-of-life from the perspective of undergraduate nursing students
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1641-6321
Department of Health Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
2020 (English)In: Nursing Forum, ISSN 0029-6473, Vol. 55, no 3, p. 433-438Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Caring for patients in the end-of-life is an emotionally and physically challenging task. Therefore, undergraduate nursing students (UNS) need opportunities to learn to care for the dying patient. This study aimed to describe UNS' experiences of caring for patients at end-of-life.

Methods: Interviews with 16 UNS in their last semester of nursing education were conducted. Data were analyzed with a phenomenological approach.

Results: The UNS created a professional relationship with the dying patient. It meant that when the patient was unable to speak for themselves, the UNS could still meet his/her wishes and needs. The UNS believed they could take responsibility for the patient who was no longer able to take responsibility for themselves. Meeting with the patient's family could be experienced with anxiousness but was dependent on the personal chemistry between the patient's family and the UNS.

Conclusion: The UNS creates a relationship with the patient and their family. To be knowledgeable about the patient's physical and psychosocial needs means that the UNS can support the patient in the end-of-life phase. Being close to the patient and the family results in an intensity of emotions in the care situation. The UNS can receive support from their colleagues during processing their emotions and creating an experience from their encounters with patients in end-of-life care. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2020. Vol. 55, no 3, p. 433-438
Keywords [en]
end-of-life care, nursing education, undergraduate nursing student, adult, anxiety, article, care behavior, clinical article, dying, female, human, interview, male, nursing student, responsibility, terminal care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-48152DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12448ISI: 000555335800016PubMedID: 32173881Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081976306Local ID: HOA HHJ 2020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-48152DiVA, id: diva2:1424333
Available from: 2020-04-17 Created: 2020-04-17 Last updated: 2020-08-21Bibliographically approved

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