Experiences of new nurses dealing with death in a paediatric setting: A descriptive qualitative study

Title

Experiences of new nurses dealing with death in a paediatric setting: A descriptive qualitative study

Creator

Chew YJM; Ang SLL; Shorey S

Identifier

Publisher

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Date

2020

Subject

death; experiences; novice nurse; nurses; paediatric

Description

AIMS: To explore and describe the experiences, challenges and coping strategies of new nurses dealing with paediatric death in a clinical setting. DESIGN: A descriptive qualitative study design was used. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore the experiences of 12 new paediatric nurses from a tertiary public hospital in Singapore. Data were collected from September 2019-December 2019. A thematic analysis was performed for data analysis. RESULTS: Four themes were generated: (a) a spectrum of emotions; (b) the 'blame' game; (c) getting through the grief; and (d) new nurses' wish list. The new nurses tended to be emotionally affected by their first death experience. They felt anxious and personally responsible for the death but eventually controlled their emotions. Colleagues, religion and self-actualization were key in overcoming grief. CONCLUSION: The experiences nurses go through at the early stages of their profession shape future workplace attitudes. Additional training and support should be provided to new nurses to build their confidence in managing end-of-life care. Training should include cultural awareness and communication skills to equip nurses with the necessary skills. IMPACT: This research will have an impact on institutions, which develop culturally congruent training and support platforms that prepare new nurses for nursing practice. This research will drive future investigations on the long-term effects of paediatric death on new nurses.

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Citation List Month

December 2020 List

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Citation

Chew YJM; Ang SLL; Shorey S, “Experiences of new nurses dealing with death in a paediatric setting: A descriptive qualitative study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 3, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17277.

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