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J Holist Nurs. 2016 Jun;34(2):193-9. doi: 10.1177/0898010115596492. Epub 2015 Jul 17.

Attitude of Palestinian Nursing Students Toward Caring for Dying Patients: A Call for Change in Health Education Policy.

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1
Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza Strip, Palestine naselnoor@iugaza.edu.ps.
2
Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza Strip, Palestine.

Abstract

Death is a natural process that occurs each day. Some nursing students may encounter the experience of taking care of a dying patient while others do not. Therefore, their attitude toward death and caring for dying patients may vary. The purpose of this study was to assess Palestinian student nurses' attitudes toward death and caring for dying patients and their families. In a cross-sectional, descriptive study, all fourth-year students at the College of Nursing, Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine, were invited to participate in this study. A total of 141 students completed the Frommelt Attitude Toward Care of the Dying Scale Form B (FATCOD-B). Results revealed that the mean score on the FATCOD-B was (96.96 ± 8.30). Overall, nursing students in the sample demonstrated a relatively low attitude toward caring for dying patients and their families. No statistically significant differences of students' attitudes toward caring for dying patients were found between male and female students nor between students who attended death cases and those who did not. The results suggest that theoretical nursing education should place more emphasis on palliative care to improve the quality of care at the end of life.

KEYWORDS:

Palestine; attitude; death; dying; nursing students; palliative care

PMID:
26187999
DOI:
10.1177/0898010115596492
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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