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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165715
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Caring for the Dying: Developing New Nurses to Face the Challenge
Author(s):
Fulcher, Caryl
Author Details:
Caryl Fulcher, Clinical Associate, Duke University Health Systems, Durham, North Carolina, USA, email: fulch003@mc.duke.edu
Abstract:
One of the experiences most feared by new nurses is that of caring for dying patients and their families. Often their nursing school experience has been limited in this area, and their curriculum content may have been minimal as well. Because death is so feared by many in our society, and because it is associated with so many personal, cultural, and spiritual beliefs, many new nurses have not taken the opportunity to reflect on their own loss history and its impact on their developing philosophy. The purpose of this project is to assist new oncology nurses to develop comfort and skills necessary to provide sensitive end-of-life care. In an attempt to assess the perceptions, the new graduate nurse brings to clinical practice a 12-item questionnaire entitled, "How Do I Really Feel About the Person Who Is Dying?" which was completed during the orientation period by the eleven graduate nurses enrolled in an oncology nurse internship program. The responses from the questionnaire guide the assigned advanced practice nurse mentors to discuss fears or biases and "process" actual clinical experiences with patients and families to create a helpful learning experience. In addition to this nurse-mentor discussion, didactic content on grief and loss is presented. It is well known that nurses who work closely with dying patients are at high risk for grief reactions and burnout, so resources available to support the nurse are specifically identified. As a means of evaluation, the questionnaire will be repeated after the nurse has practiced for eight months to see if the concerns expressed have changed to indicate more comfort with end-of-life care. Remaining gaps can then be addressed in an effort to aid nurse development and also retention.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCaring for the Dying: Developing New Nurses to Face the Challengeen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFulcher, Carylen_US
dc.author.detailsCaryl Fulcher, Clinical Associate, Duke University Health Systems, Durham, North Carolina, USA, email: fulch003@mc.duke.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165715-
dc.description.abstractOne of the experiences most feared by new nurses is that of caring for dying patients and their families. Often their nursing school experience has been limited in this area, and their curriculum content may have been minimal as well. Because death is so feared by many in our society, and because it is associated with so many personal, cultural, and spiritual beliefs, many new nurses have not taken the opportunity to reflect on their own loss history and its impact on their developing philosophy. The purpose of this project is to assist new oncology nurses to develop comfort and skills necessary to provide sensitive end-of-life care. In an attempt to assess the perceptions, the new graduate nurse brings to clinical practice a 12-item questionnaire entitled, "How Do I Really Feel About the Person Who Is Dying?" which was completed during the orientation period by the eleven graduate nurses enrolled in an oncology nurse internship program. The responses from the questionnaire guide the assigned advanced practice nurse mentors to discuss fears or biases and "process" actual clinical experiences with patients and families to create a helpful learning experience. In addition to this nurse-mentor discussion, didactic content on grief and loss is presented. It is well known that nurses who work closely with dying patients are at high risk for grief reactions and burnout, so resources available to support the nurse are specifically identified. As a means of evaluation, the questionnaire will be repeated after the nurse has practiced for eight months to see if the concerns expressed have changed to indicate more comfort with end-of-life care. Remaining gaps can then be addressed in an effort to aid nurse development and also retention.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:23:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:23:37Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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