Nurses’ Experiences in End-of-Life Care in the PICU: A Qualitative Systematic Review

Pei Fan Mu, Yun Min Tseng, Chia Chi Wang, Yi Ju Chen, Shu He Huang, Teh Fu Hsu, Kristine L. Florczak*

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Abstract

The experiences of end-of-life care by nurses in the pediatric intensive care unit are the subject of this systematic review. Six qualitative articles from three different countries were chosen for the review using methods from Joanna Briggs Institute. The themes discovered included the following: insufficient communication, emotional burden, moral distress from medical futility, strengthening resilience, and taking steps toward hospice. These themes are discussed in detail followed by recommendations for practice to assist nurses in their quest for a good death for their pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Science Quarterly
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • end-of-life care
  • experience
  • PICU
  • qualitative systematic review

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