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Nursing students' perceptions of caring for dying people, after one year in nursing school
Ersta Sköndal University College and Ersta Hospital, Palliative Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden / Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
Ersta Sköndal University College and Ersta Hospital, Palliative Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden / Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Äldre och långvariga hälsoproblem, Health and Ageing)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3404-3431
Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sweden / Angered Hospital, Sweden.
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2016 (English)In: Nurse Education Today, ISSN 0260-6917, E-ISSN 1532-2793, Vol. 41, 12-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Aim: To describe Swedish nursing students' perceptions of caring for dying people after the first year of a three year in a nursing programme at three university nursing schools in Sweden. Methods: Interviews (n = 17) were undertaken with nursing students at the end of their first year. A phenomenographic approach was used to design and structure the analysis of the nursing students' perceptions. Results: The analysis resulted in five categories: 1) from abstract to reality, 2) from scary to natural, 3) increased knowledge can give bad conscience, 4) time limits versus fear of end-of-life conversations, and 5) meeting with relatives. Conclusion: Nursing students need to be prepared both theoretically and within practice to encounter death and dying and to care for dying persons. By combining their theoretical knowledge of dying and death with their own encounters of death and dying people in practice, the students can be supported to develop an understanding of dying and death as a natural part of life rather than something frightening. 

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 41, 12-16 p.
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Death, Dying, End-of-life care, Nursing education, Nursing students, Perceptions
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12569DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.03.016ISI: 000376705500003PubMedID: 27138476ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84962339581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12569DiVA: diva2:941640
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2016-09-27Bibliographically approved

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