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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2008 Nov;35(6):955-9. doi: 10.1188/08.ONF.955-959.

Assessing nurses' attitudes toward death and caring for dying patients in a comprehensive cancer center.

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  • 1Pain and Palliative Care Unit, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA. langem@mskcc.org

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To assess how nurses employed in a comprehensive cancer center feel about death and caring for dying patients and examine any relationships between their attitudes and demographic factors.

DESIGN:

Descriptive quantitative.

SETTING:

A 432-bed comprehensive cancer center in New York, NY.

SAMPLE:

A convenience sample of 355 inpatient and outpatient oncology nurses.

METHODS:

Voluntary and anonymous completion of the Frommelt Attitude Toward Care of the Dying (FATCOD), the Death Attitude Profile-Revised (DAP-R), and a demographic questionnaire.

MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES:

Years of total nursing experience, years employed at the cancer center, previous experience with caring for dying patients, age, gender, and attitudes toward death and caring for dying patients.

FINDINGS:

Statistically significant relationships were noted among age, nursing experience, previous experience with caring for terminally ill patients, and scores on the FATCOD and DAP-R. Nursing experience and age were the variables most likely to predict nurses' attitudes toward death and caring for dying patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

RNs with more work experience tended to have more positive attitudes toward death and caring for dying patients.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

Based on the data collected in the study, less experienced oncology nurses will most likely benefit from increased education, training, and exposure to providing and coping effectively with end-of-life care.

PMID:
18980927
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