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Comparative Study
, 17 (6), 271-7

Nursing Students' Concerns About End of Life in California, Norway, and Sweden

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Comparative Study

Nursing Students' Concerns About End of Life in California, Norway, and Sweden

Marilyn Smith-Stoner et al. Int J Palliat Nurs.

Abstract

Aim: To investigate concerns about dying for newly admitted nursing students from California, Norway, and Sweden.

Method: A total of 389 undergraduate nursing students who had just started their nursing programme participated. Data was collected with a questionnaire that included two instruments-the Concerns about Dying instrument and the Sense of Coherence instrument-and background questions. The data was analysed using statistical and content analysis.

Results: There were statistically significant differences between the three groups of students in terms of their age, their experience in health care, whether they had previously attended a dying patient, the age at which they first encountered the death of a loved one, and their concerns about dying. Two main categories emerged from the analysis of the open questions: 'attending to dying and grieving persons' and 'thinking about one's own death'.

Conclusion: The study provides important insights into the concerns that newly admitted students bring to the nursing programme.

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