Stories about becoming a hospice nurse. Reasons, expectations, hopes and concerns

Cancer Nurs. 1995 Oct;18(5):344-54.

Abstract

Two months after the opening of Sweden's first purpose-built free-standing hospice, 19 nurses were asked to narrate their reasons, expectations, hopes, and concerns about their future work as hospice nurses. The stories were analyzed using a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach inspired by the philosophy of Ricoeur. The tension between endurance and enjoyment seems to be the essential feature of the nurses' stories. The nurses who were experienced in terminal care hope and expect to enjoy being hospice nurses, provided they are able to give good terminal care, that is, nursing care that is experienced as being meaningful. Those nurses who are inexperienced in terminal care hope and expect that they will be able to give and to grow as people and to develop as professionals, but do not yet know what to make of their experiences. Possible implications of the nurses' reasons, expectations, hopes, and concerns are discussed, and an understanding of the tension between endurance and enjoyment of being a hospice nurse is presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hospice Care* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sweden
  • Terminal Care / psychology
  • Workforce