End of Life Care Competencies and Terminal Care Stress of Nurses in Long Term Care Hospitals

요양병원 간호사의 생애말 환자간호 역량과 임종간호 스트레스

  • Jeong, Young-Hee (Department of Nursing, Graduate School, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • June, Kyung Ja (Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine,)
  • 정영희 (순천향대학교 대학원 간호학과) ;
  • 전경자 (순천향대학교 의과대학 간호학과)
  • Received : 2019.01.14
  • Accepted : 2019.08.27
  • Published : 2019.09.01


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between end of life care competencies and terminal care stress of nurses in long term care hospitals. Methods: For this study, 140 nurses were sampled among those that have over 6-month end of life care experience and were working at long term care hospitals located in A city and C city of Chungcheongnam-do. Using a questionnaire, data were collected from January 2018 through March 2018. Data were analyzed using the SPSS, Windows version 21.0, according to the purpose of the study and analyzed by descriptive statistics, t-test, one way ANOVA, $Sch\acute{e}ffe^{\prime}s$ test, and Pearson's correlation coefficient. Results: The mean score on terminal care stress of nurses was above the normal level. The scores on end of life care competencies significantly varied by age, total career at hospitals, death/hospice and palliative care education, and bereavement experience. The mean score of end of life care competencies was negatively correlated with the mean score of lack of knowledge and skills among the subitems of the terminal care stress category (r=-0.260, P=0.002). Conclusion: To decrease the terminal care stress of long term care hospital nurses, it is suggested to carry out end of life care education tailored to nurses characteristics.


Supported by : Soonchunhyang University


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