Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2013 Mar;16(1):33-41. 10.14475/kjhpc.2013.16.1.033.

Death Anxiety and Terminal Care Stress among Nurses and the Relationship to Terminal Care Performance

Affiliations
  • 1Unit 15, Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Changwon National University, Changwon, Korea. kskim2011@changwon.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was conducted to examine how nurses' death anxiety and terminal care stress affect their terminal care performance in the clinical setting.
METHODS
The study enrolled 180 registered nurses with experience of attending dying patients at a university hospital located in Seoul, Korea. Collected data were analyzed with descriptive statistics, one-way ANOVA and Pearson's correlation using SPSS 18.0 for Windows.
RESULTS
Nurses showed significant differences in the level of death anxiety and terminal care stress as well as terminal care performance by working division, marital status, educational background and hospice training. A significant relationship was found between terminal care stress and terminal care performance.
CONCLUSION
The study results showed that efforts to ease nurses' death anxiety and terminal care stress could improve their terminal care performance. Further study should be conducted to investigate other factors that affect nurses' terminal care performance from various perspectives and develop a terminal care manual which can be used as guidance for nurses in charge of terminal patient care.

Keyword

Death; Anxiety; Terminal care; Stress; Nursing services

MeSH Terms

Anxiety
Fees and Charges
Hospices
Humans
Korea
Marital Status
Nursing Services
Patient Care
Terminal Care
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