Palliativ vård i livets slutskede : Sjuksköterskors upplevelser

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Mälardalens högskola/Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd; Mälardalens högskola/Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd

Sammanfattning: Background: Palliative care in the end of life is the care given when the patient has a short time left in life. The purpose is to alleviate suffering and provide the best possible quality of life during the time the patient has left. Patients and relatives experience that they do not receive sufficient support. Aim: Describe nurses’ experiences of caring for patients in palliative care at the end of life. Method: Systematic qualitative literature study with 10 care science articles with a descriptive synthesis. Results: The analysis resulted in two main themes and four sub-themes where it emerged that giving and receiving support was important to provide good care for patients in the end of life. The first main theme Provide support in care provided a description of the nurses’ support for patients and relatives in care. The second main theme Getting support in care gave a description of the importance of nurses receiving support in care. Nurses experienced that conversations with patients at the end of life was draining yet energizing. Conclusion: Nurses experienced that the work was often meaningful and that support and communication are two key parts that nurses experienced important in order to perform the work professionally but also personally. 

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