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Nurses’ experience of caring for palliative-stage patients in a hospital setting in Sweden
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, postgraduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2793-9937
2015 (English)In: Clinical Nursing Studies, ISSN 2324-7959, Vol. 3, no 2, 97-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim of this study was to describe nurses’ experiences of caring for palliative-stage patients in a hospital setting.

Methods: A qualitative study based on six interviews with strategically selected nurses in an oncology department in western Sweden. The interviews were analyzed using a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach.

Results: The results identified three themes: 1) Developing professional self-confidence; 2) Developing communication skills; and 3) Having time for reflection. Each theme has at least two subthemes.

Conclusions: Caring for palliative-stage patients requires a combination of knowledge, experience and professional and personal self-confidence. Nurses need regular coaching by staff and professionals with more experience dealing with and processing suffering, death and related existential issues. Nurses need to separate work from private life and have satisfying and relaxing leisure activities.

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2015. Vol. 3, no 2, 97-108 p.
Keyword [en]
Nurses experiences, palliative care, phenomenological-hermeneutic analysis, qualitative studies
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7318DOI: 10.5430/cns.v3n2p97OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7318DiVA: diva2:786972
Available from: 2015-02-08 Created: 2015-02-08 Last updated: 2015-02-17Bibliographically approved

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