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Phenomenological study of nurses caring for dying patients



Phenomenological study of nurses caring for dying patients



Cancer Nursing 20(2): 115-119



Little is known about how nurses experience caring for dying patients. Yet, entering the patient's world often involves dealing with death and dying and is a major challenge to oncology nurses. The purpose of this article is to describe the shared practices of oncology nurses caring for dying patients. Stories from staff nurses on an oncology unit were analyzed using a hermeneutic method to identify and describe four themes: knowing the patient, preserving hope, easing the struggle, and providing for privacy. The four themes contribute to knowledge development about how nurses enter into and experience caring for dying patients. The growing body of knowledge previously reported has included descriptions of critical behaviors in caring for dying patients, coping strategies nurses used when caring for dying patients and their families, and the meaning of oncology nursing practice. The four themes described in this article expand our understanding of the nurses' experience in caring for dying patients.

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