Navigating Disharmony Nurse Experiences Providing End-of-Life Communication
The purpose of this study was to describe nurses' experiences of communicating with patients and families at end of life (EOL). The COMFORT Communication Model guided this descriptive qualitative study. Participants from 1 major health care system located in the Great Plains completed an online survey, which consisted of Likert-type (N = 252) and open-ended questions (n = 201). This article reports the qualitative findings of this survey. Thematic analysis of the participants' narrative responses revealed an overarching theme of disharmony when caring for patients and families at EOL. We identified 3 themes within the overarching theme of disharmony: navigating denial, words matter, and knowledge deficit. Nurses express discomfort and a knowledge deficit when providing communication specific to primary palliative and EOL care. Nursing education has an obligation to ensure that new graduates are trained in and develop comfort with the communication principles of primary palliative and EOL care. This holistic approach may improve the quality of communication surrounding the EOL experience for patients, families, and nurses.
Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing
DOI of Published Version
Seydel, Abby; Moutsoglou, Nefeli; Varilek, Brandon; Minton, Mary E.; and Isaacson, Mary J., "Navigating Disharmony Nurse Experiences Providing End-of-Life Communication" (2022). College of Nursing Faculty Publications. 119.