The Lived Experiences of Nurses Caring For Dying Pediatric Patients

Title

The Lived Experiences of Nurses Caring For Dying Pediatric Patients

Creator

Curcio DL

Publisher

Pediatric Nursing

Date

2017

Subject

Nursing Care

Description

Nurses and healthcare professionals may have difficulty adjusting to and comprehending their experiences when a patient's life ends. This has the potential to interfere with patient care. Reflection on past events and actions enables critical discovery of strategies to benefit both nurses and patients. This qualitative phenomenological study explores the lived experiences of nurses caring for dying pediatric patients. The philosophical underpinning of Merleau-Ponty (2008), in combination with the research method of van Manen (1990), was used for this study. The Roy Adaptation Model (RAM) (Roy, 2009; Roy & Andrews, 1991) was the nursing model that guided the study to help understand that nurses are an adaptive system, using censoring as a compensatory adaptive process to help function for a purposeful cause. Nine female nurse participants with one to four years of experience were interviewed. The context of the experiences told by nurses caring for dying pediatric patents uncovered seven essential themes of empathy, feelings of ambivalence, inevitability, inspiration, relationship, self-preservation, and sorrow, and these themes demonstrated a connection formed between the nurse and the patient.

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Citation List Month

April 2018 List

Pages

8-14

Issue

1

Volume

43

Collection

Citation

Curcio DL, “The Lived Experiences of Nurses Caring For Dying Pediatric Patients,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 11, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15107.

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