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Nursing students’ reflections on caring for end-of-life patients in a youth volunteer association
Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Lishui University, China.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science, Caring Science. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. (Vårdvetenskap)
Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Lishui University, China.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Caring science. Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Lishui Universiity, China; Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. (Vårdvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9912-5350
2019 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 1471-5953, E-ISSN 1873-5223, Vol. 34, p. 204-209Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to describe nursing students' reflections on caring for end-of-life patients in a youth volunteer service. A purposive sample of 11 nursing students in one province in China were interviewed and diaries were collected. The data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The students described the service as “an empowering care that makes a difference – but not without challenges on different levels”. The service was said to provide devoted caring adjusted to the person's need, condition and wishes. According to the students, the service had an impact on them; the internal and/or external support was stimulating and rewarding, whereas deficient support was frustrating and made them feel helpless. They emphasized the need for improvements at different levels. In conclusions, the youth volunteer service empowers both patients and students and can be seen as person-centred care. The students' professional knowledge, skills and ability improved, while these aspects were still perceived as deficient. Appropriate curriculum and training for nursing students are necessary and should be tailored to improving students' caring ability and confidence. Expanding the service was emphasized and suggestions for improvements were identified.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 34, p. 204-209
Keywords [en]
End-of-life care, Nursing students, Nursing education, Reflections, Volunteers
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29036DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.12.006ISI: 000459841600031PubMedID: 30605789Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059225110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-29036DiVA, id: diva2:1274939
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- Lishui University- University of Gävle 

Available from: 2019-01-03 Created: 2019-01-03 Last updated: 2019-08-16Bibliographically approved

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