Nursing students experiences of end-of-life care

Jones, Kerry; Draper, Janet and Bolton, Nerys (2023). Nursing students experiences of end-of-life care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 29(10) pp. 466–475.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2023.29.10.466

Abstract

Background: Undergraduate nursing students spend a significant amount of time in clinical placements where they are involved in care at the end of a person's life and care after death. While their role is to provide compassionate care, some students feel wholly unprepared.
Aims: The aim of this qualitative study was to explore student nurses’ experiences of care in death, dying and post death care, and to explore how students can be better prepared to provide such care.
Methods: This is a qualitative descriptive study that is concerned with the subjective reality of participant's experiences.
Findings: Six themes were developed from the analysis: first encounters with death and dying; preparedness; mentoring and support received; the caring role; striving to cope; working with families and working through COVID-19.
Conclusion: Students described their experience of placements in end-of-life care as challenging, yet were also able to adopt ways to develop as compassionate practitioners.

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