What is it about?

Nurses caring for people in hospital expect their patients to get better. Sadly not all patients do and some require palliative and end of life care. There can be conflict between the curative nature of the hospital setting and the intentions of end of life care. This study aims to understand more about how hospital nurses experience end of life care, their attitudes towards death and how they protect themselves emotionally when providing such care.

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Why is it important?

A deeper understanding of how hospital nurses manage the difference between curative and end of life intentions can help direct education, practice development and inform policy and further research.


When writing this article I began to feel that end of life care that occurs in the hospital setting is worthy of further exploration. The setting and complexity around the setting provides challenges that other end of life settings may not experience. Perhaps as you read it you may be interested in developing your own idea for further research as a result.

Dr Peter Stuart
Coventry University

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This page is a summary of: How do hospital nurses experience end-of-life care provision? A creative phenomenological approach, British Journal of Nursing, October 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2022.31.19.997.
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