Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Cindy Miller

Abstract

People are living longer today due to lifestyle changes and treatment of illnesses. End of life nursing care has become a field of nursing practice that requires focus on meeting the needs of the patient and family. Nurses are central figures in advocating for interventions that minimize burden and distress and enhance quality of life for their patients. Given these extremely important responsibilities, new nurses must be adequately prepared to provide sensitive, quality of care for patients at the end of life. This quantitative study aimed to assess how comfortable nursing students feel toward the care of dying patients at the completion of an associate nursing degree program. The subjects in this study were obtained by using a convenience sample of second year associate nursing degree students in one nursing program. Forty second year associate degree nursing students were recruited using a face-to-face recruitment method. The Frommelt Attitude Toward Care of the Dying Scale (FATCOD) was administered to second year associate degree nursing students during the last semester of their program. Participants' scores ranged from 111 points to 150 points. The median score for the group was 130 points and the average score was 128.3 points, which shows an overall positive attitude toward care of the dying amongst the participants.

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