Undergraduate final year nursing students’ attitudes toward caring for dying patients: Bahrain’s experience

Maryam Yaqoob, Husain Nasaif, Hana Kadhom


Background: Nursing students are frequently exposed to dying patients during their clinical placement. Research studies that examined nursing students’ attitudes toward caring for dying patients were limited in the Gulf Region, including Bahrain.
Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes of fourth-year baccalaureate nursing students regarding caring for dying patients.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design was utilized to recruit a convenience sample of fifty-four nursing students. Frommelt’s Attitudes towards Caring of the Dying (FATCOD) five Likert scale was used.
Results: The overall findings revealed that participants had a neutral attitude toward caring for dying patients. The overall attitudes mean score was 3.4 ± 0.3. The majority of participants were female (83%, n = 45). The difference in the mean score in relation to gender was statistically significant (p = .049). Although the majority of all participants (80%) reported having dealt with the terminally ill people in the past, the association between previous experience and reported attitudes was not statistically significant (p = .31).
Conclusions and recommendations: Literature revealed that students who received end of life education where found to have positive attitudes. Therefore, it’s crucial to introduce a standalone educational module regarding end of life care early on in the undergraduate curriculum. It is recommended that future studies recruit nursing students from other baccalaureate year levels to reassess the attitudes and level of preparedness following a curriculum reform and implementation of end of life care education. Additionally, a qualitative research method is recommended to explore the lived experience of the nursing students when they are caring for dying patients.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/cns.v6n4p53


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