Is the classroom experience enough? Nurses’ feelings about their death and dying education

Jennifer L Peterson, Malynnda A Johnson, Courtney Elizabeth Lynam Scherr, B. Halvorsen

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Abstract

Previous research indicates that nurses feel they have not had adequate training to prepare them for caring for a dying patient and their family. As the demand for nurses continues to grow, and the population continues to age, caring for dying patients will become a more significant stressor. The stress of the situation, combined with the lack of adequate training contributes to nurse burnout during a time when retaining nurses is vital to our medical care system. Therefore, this study is an effort to learn not only how nurses feel about their end-of-life training, but also to explore what they would change. Results indicate that nurses feel they have inadequate training about death and dying and offer two suggestions for training: incorporating experience and incorporating communication training.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Communication in Healthcare
Volume6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013

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