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Undergraduate nursing students’ transformational learning during clinical training
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences and Palliative Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences and Palliative Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 184-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Undergraduate nursing students encounter patients at the end of life during their clinical training. They need to confront dying and death under supportive circumstances in order to be prepared for similar situations in their future career.

Aim: To explore undergraduate nursing students’ descriptions of caring situations with patients at the end of life during supervised clinical training.

Methods: A qualitative study using the critical incident technique was chosen. A total of 85 students wrote a short text about their experiences of caring for patients at the end of life during their clinical training. These critical incident reports were then analysed using deductive and inductive content analysis.

Findings: The theme ‘students’ transformational learning towards becoming a professional nurse during clinical training’ summarises how students relate to patients and relatives, interpret the transition from life to death, feel when caring for a dead body and learn end-of-life caring actions from their supervisors.

Implications: As a preparation for their future profession, students undergoing clinical training need to confront death and dying while supported by trained supervisors and must learn how to communicate about end-of-life issues and cope with emotional stress and grief.

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MA Healthcare , 2018. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 184-192
Keywords [en]
Palliative; End-of-life; Nursing education; Clinical training; Learning approach
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39272DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.4.184ISI: 000430497200006PubMedID: 29703111Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046256440OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-39272DiVA, id: diva2:1201858
Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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