Care to terminal patients. Perception of nurses from the intensive care unit of a hospital

  • Camila Mussolin Tamaki RN. Universidad Estatal Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" UNESP-, Botucatu/SP, Brazil. email: ctamaki@yahoo.com.br
  • Silmara Meneguin RN, Ph.D. Professor, UNESP, Botucatu/SP, Brazil. email: silmeneguin@fmb.unesp.br
  • Rubia Aguiar Alencar RN, Ph.D. Professor, UNESP, Botucatu/SP, Brazil email: rubia_enf@hotmail.com
  • Claudia Helena Bronzatto Luppi RN, Ph.D. Professor, UNESP, Botucatu/SP, Brazil. email: claudia@fmb.unesp.br
Keywords: Palliative care, communication, intensive care units, nursing.

Abstract

Objective. To identify the perception of nurses with regard to the process of providing care to patients in the context of hospice care.

Method. Qualitative study using the methodological framework Collective Subject Discourse. A total of 18 nursing professionals of the adult intensive care unit of a public hospital in São Paulo, Brazil were interviewed between June and August 2012.

Results. The process of providing care to terminal patients is permeated by negative, conflictive and mixed feelings. As regards communication, while the participants acknowledge its importance as a therapeutic resource, they also admit a lack of professional qualification.

Conclusion. The interviewees have difficulties to deal with care provided to terminal patients. The qualification of these professionals needs to be improved, starting in the undergraduate program. 

 

How to cite this article: Tamaki CM, Meneguin S, Alencar RA, Luppi CHB. Care to terminal patients. Perception of nurses from the intensive care unit of a hospital. Invest Educ Enferm. 2014; 32(3): 

 

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Published
2014-09-18
How to Cite
Mussolin Tamaki C., Meneguin S., Aguiar Alencar R., & Bronzatto Luppi C. H. (2014). Care to terminal patients. Perception of nurses from the intensive care unit of a hospital. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 32(3). Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/iee/article/view/20702
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ORIGINAL ARTICLES / ARTÍCULOS ORIGINALES / ARTIGOS ORIGINAIS