Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2016 Jun;19(2):154-162. 10.14475/kjhpc.2016.19.2.154.

The Influence of Terminal Care Performance, Death Anxiety and Self-Esteem on Terminal Care Stress of Geriatric Hospital Nurses

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Graduate School, Kosin University, Busan, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Kosin University, Busan, Korea. hhuna@kosin.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This descriptive study was aimed at identifying the relations among geriatric nurses' terminal care performance, death anxiety and self-esteem and the factors that affect nurses' terminal care stress.
METHODS
Data were collected using a self-reported questionnaire completed by 212 geriatric hospital nurses working in 10 hospitals in K city and B metropolitan city.
RESULTS
The survey results showed that the stress factors were terminal care performance and death anxiety. Significant predictors for terminal care stress were death anxiety and terminal care performance. (And the higher the level of death anxiety and terminal care performance were, the heavier the stress was.) These factors explained 32.5% of the variance in terminal care stress.
CONCLUSION
The results of the study suggested that terminal care performance was an important factor of terminal care stress for geriatric nurses. Therefore, it seems that it is necessary to develop an educational intervention program to improve nurses' terminal care performance to reduce their terminal care stress.

Keyword

Attitude to death; Nurses; Psychological stress; Self concept; Terminal care

MeSH Terms

Anxiety*
Attitude to Death
Self Concept
Stress, Psychological
Terminal Care*
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