Providing end-of-life nursing care to children with cancer

Chi Wen Lu, Tai-Tong Wong, Pei Fan Mu

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Abstract Background: There has been little qualitative research in Taiwan on the experiences of nurses who encounter the moment of child's death from their own perspective.Purpose: Using a phenomenological approach, this study worked to understand the essence of the caring experience for nurses at the moment of a cancer child's death from the nurses' own perspectives.Methods: Researchers used Colaizzi's (1978) phenomenological method and collected data using purposive sampling and in-depth, tape-recorded interviews.Data were analyzed using the Colaizzi (1978) method.Ten registered nurses from a medical center participated into this study.The trustworthiness of the study was examined using Lincoln and Guba (1985) principles.Results: Five major themes emerged, including introspection on caring for dying children after their death; coping patterns of nurses; toleration and ability to help to ensure the child has a good death; facing death and consoling the soul; and accompanying parents though the moment of death.Conclusion: Study findings provide evidence-based information on nurses to care for cancer children and their families facing the moment of death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood cancer
  • End-of-life
  • Nurse
  • Nurse-patient relationship
  • Phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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