Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2015 Sep;18(3):188-195. 10.14475/kjhpc.2015.18.3.188.

Effects of a Well-dying Program on Nursing Students

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Far East University, Eumseong, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing Science, Sunmoon University, Asan, Korea. skc0701@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
We examined the effects of a well-dying program on nursing students in terms of death preparation, death recognition and perception of well-dying perception.
METHODS
The design of this study was quasi-experimental and non-synchronized with a non-equivalent control group. The study was conducted with nursing students: 32 in the experimental group and 36 in the control group. The well-dying program was consisted of five sessions: introduction, thinking about meaning of death, organizing things to do before dying, looking back on my life, and leaving a trail of my life. Descriptive analysis, t-test, chi2 test and ANCOVA were used with SPSS 18.0 program to analyze the data.
RESULTS
After attending the program, a difference was observed in death preparation of the experimental group (t=2.61, P=0.014). The death recognition (F=154.15, P<0.001) score of the experimental group was significantly higher than the control group. There was no significant difference between the groups in perception of well-dying (F=0.11, P=0.747).
CONCLUSIONS
The well-dying program helped nursing students build positive death recognition. Therefore, this study is expected to contribute to development of a death education program for nursing students.

Keyword

Nursing students; Death; Programs

MeSH Terms

Education
Humans
Nursing*
Students, Nursing*
Thinking
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