The impact of a ‘Critical Moments’ workshop in undergraduate nursing students’ attitudes to caring for patients at the end of life

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Abstract

Aims and objectives
To evaluate the impact of an educational workshop on nursing students’ attitudes to caring for dying patients.

Background
The quality of end-of-life care education provided in preregistration nursing programmes has been criticised. The lack of attention to the emotional content results in nursing students feeling ill-prepared to care for the dying and bereaved. This article reports the findings of a study conducted to evaluate the impact of an educational workshop on undergraduate nursing students’ attitudes to caring for patients at the end of life.

Design
A pre- and postintervention survey was used to determine nursing students’ attitudes and feelings concerning end-of-life care prior to and following their involvement in an educational workshop.

Methods
Third-year undergraduate nursing students completed two questionnaires incorporating the Frommelt Attitude Toward Care of the Dying Scale, before and after attending a ‘Critical Moments’ workshop.

Results
The data revealed a statistically significant increase in positive attitudes to end-of-life care amongst the respondents. Free text responses confirmed the development of positive attitudes and indicated that the workshop was regarded as a valuable learning opportunity.

Conclusions
Workshops that use case studies based on ‘real-life’ episodes of end-of-life care can provide an effective learning opportunity that significantly improves the attitudes of nursing students to caring for the dying.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3555-3563
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume23
Issue number23-24
Early online date18 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014