To explore the neonatal nurses' beliefs and attitudes towards caring for dying neonates in Taiwan

Title

To explore the neonatal nurses' beliefs and attitudes towards caring for dying neonates in Taiwan

Creator

Chen CH; Huang LC; Liu HL; Lee HY; Wu SY; Chang YC; Peng NH

Publisher

Maternal & Child Health Journal

Date

2013

Subject

Attitude of Health Personnel; Attitude to Death; Culture; Neonatal Nursing; Terminal Care/px [Psychology]; Adult; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Infant Newborn; Intensive Care Units Neonatal; Neonatology; Surveys and Questionnaires; Taiwan; Young Adult

Description

(1) To explore attitudes and beliefs of neonatal nurses toward nursing care for dying neonates; (2) to estimate the influence of neonatal nurses' personal and professional characteristics on their attitudes towards end-of life care for dying infants. A cross-sectional design was used. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 80 neonatal nurses. Research setting was four level III NICUs at four medical centers around the central region of Taiwan. Research participants were neonatal nurses who had worked for at least 1 year in one of level III NICUs and had been directly involved with the care of dying infants. Research participants were 80 neonatal nurses (response rate 100 %). Research findings identified eight barriers hindering neonatal palliative care practice. These barriers were insufficient communication due to the lack of an in-service educational program; the lack of available counseling help for neonatal clinicians; inability to express personal opinions, values and beliefs towards neonatal palliative care; insufficient staffing; the lack of unit policies/guidelines for supporting palliative care; the technological imperative; parental demands and personal beliefs about death and previous experience caring for dying infants. Further studies are needed to explore each barrier and to provide in-service neonatal palliative care educational programs that are needed to decrease these barriers.

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Citation

Chen CH; Huang LC; Liu HL; Lee HY; Wu SY; Chang YC; Peng NH, “To explore the neonatal nurses' beliefs and attitudes towards caring for dying neonates in Taiwan,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 31, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11251.

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