Title

Navigating Disharmony Nurse Experiences Providing End-of-Life Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2022

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing

Volume

24

Issue

6

First Page

328

Last Page

334

DOI of Published Version

10.1097/NJH.0000000000000909

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