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Caring for Dying Patient and Their Families: The Lived Experiences of Nursing Students in Italy.

J Palliat Care; 32(3-4): 127-133, 2017 Jul/Oct.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29187085

BACKGROUND:

The literature from recent decades persistently suggests that nurses are not adequately trained in caring for the dying. Numerous studies call for enhanced education in end-of-life care.

OBJECTIVE:

To explore student nurses' experience of caring for dying persons and their families and how this experience was influenced by their undergraduate education, with a view to improving end-of-life training.

METHODS:

Narrative interviews were administered to a purposive sample of 18 undergraduate students at Turin University's School of Nursing and analyzed following Giorgi's qualitative phenomenological methodology.

RESULTS:

The students' accounts featured 4 main themes: emotions and feelings, reactions and coping strategies, growth in personal and professional awareness, and the professional nursing model. Students reporting positive experience of end-of-life care in clinical settings displayed the expected learning outcomes for undergraduate nursing education.

CONCLUSION:

This study's strength lies in the fact that it draws on student nurses' lived experience to assess training in end-of-life care. It confirms the need to invest in targeted end-of-life education and support for nursing students.