Neonatal Palliative Care: Assessing the Nurses Educational Needs for Terminally Ill Patients

Title

Neonatal Palliative Care: Assessing the Nurses Educational Needs for Terminally Ill Patients

Creator

Khraisat OM; Al-Bashaireh AM; Khafajeh R; Alqudah O

Publisher

PLoS One

Date

2023

Subject

Nursing Staff; Palliative Care; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; Education; Nursing; Female; Human; Infant; Newborn; Male; Palliative Care; Surveys and Questionnaires; Terminally Ill

Description

BACKGROUND: For terminally sick neonates and their families, it's crucial to provide holistic nursing care that incorporates both curative and palliative care as much as feasible. It is well known that the biggest obstacle to delivering palliative care for neonatal children is a lack of training for nurses. Aim: The aim of this research is to investigate the experiences of nurses who provide care for neonates who are terminally ill as well as their educational requirements for neonatal palliative care. METHOD: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 200 nurses working in a tertiary center providing care for terminally ill neonates in Saudi Arabia. Data was collected from using Neonatal Palliative Care Questionnaire (QNPC) from January 2021 to March 2021. RESULTS: Two hundred nurses were surveyed (the response rate was 79%). The mean age of the 158 participants was 35.67 (standard deviation (SD): 7.43), and the majority were female (151; 95.6%). The majority were bachelor's holders (119; 75.3%), with more than 5 years of experience in providing care for neonates (100; 63.3%). Most of the participants reported not receiving any education about palliative care (115; 72.8%). Nurses reported a moderate level of experience in all areas of neonatal palliative care. The total mean score of palliative care experiences of neonates was 3.42 (SD: 1.35). However, the majority of nurses reported little experience discussing the transition period to palliative care for neonates 2.95 (SD: 1.93), the discussion of code status (DNR) during terminal illness of neonates 3.11 (SD: 1.54) and spiritual support 2.90 (SD: 1.55). CONCLUSION: The assessment of the fundamental skills of neonatal palliative care by nurses was insufficient. To enhance the quality of care, it is crucial to incorporate education on neonatal palliative care into programs for nursing staff development.

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Citation List Month

March List 2023

Collection

Citation

Khraisat OM; Al-Bashaireh AM; Khafajeh R; Alqudah O, “Neonatal Palliative Care: Assessing the Nurses Educational Needs for Terminally Ill Patients,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 28, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18682.