Exploring nurses' perceptions of dignity during end-of-life care
Repository Posting Date2017-12-22T17:58:45Z
Level of EvidenceQualitative Study, Grounded Theory
Research ApproachQualitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsPalliative Care; Terminal Care; Hospice and Palliative Nursing; Nurse Attitudes; Human Dignity; Terminally Ill Patients
The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study was to understand nurses’ perceptions of care that supports patients’ dignity during hospitalization at the end of life, and to propose a theoretical foundation consistent with these perceptions as a guide to practice. The research involved analyzing perceptions about processes that can explain how nurses perceive care that supports patients’ dignity at the end of life during hospitalization. The aim of the research in this study included a focus on the general problem that patients’ dignity is not always respected by healthcare providers according to the review of the literature and the acknowledgment of the lack of theories related to nurses’ perceptions of care that supports dignity during end-of-life care. A grounded theory design offered a systematic approach to developing a theoretical model from data that takes into consideration the complexities of nurses’ perceptions of care that supports dignity during hospitalization at end of life. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 11 experienced registered oncology female nurses from the northeastern region of the United States. The research involved analysis of the perceptions of nurses caring for cancer patients admitted to the hospital during end of life. The development of a beginning model for dignity care stemmed from the emergence of three major categories, which were communication, support, and facilitation. The identified subcategories were education, workshops, course curriculum, in-services, being an advocate, listening, being present, physical needs, emotional support, compassion, honoring wishes, respect, and being treated as human. The emergence and development of a dignity model may offer a process that can serve as a valuable reference in providing care that supports the dignity of patients during hospitalization at end of life.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 10196200; ProQuest document ID: 1853134336. The author still retains copyright.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Phoenix
Date of Publication2017-12-22
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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