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6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference

London, UK

H.Nethnee Sanuri de Silva

H.Nethnee Sanuri de Silva

International Institute of Health Sciences – Welisara, Sri Lanka

Title: Attitudes of nurses towards end-of-life care for themselves
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Biography

Biography: H.Nethnee Sanuri de Silva

Abstract

Introduction:88.3% of physicians decided to choose a “no-code” or a DNR order if hospitalized and would choose to die less aggressively at home. But their wishes were mostly over ridden. Objective: To assess the attitudes of nurses towards the end-of-the-life care they would like to receive for themselves and their attitudes towards terminal illnesses. Methods: A mixed method approach was used. A closed and open ended questionnaire was administered to 73 participants and 5 registered nurses who has more than 10 years of experience, working in hospitals both in Sri Lanka and abroad, were interviewed. Results:94.1% of the participants stated that they would like to die at home, spending their last hours at home surrounded by their loved ones and engaging in religious activities but 57.7% of unmarried nurse said they would agree on euthanasia if they had a terminal disease, and also 66.2% of them stated they would agree in DNR order if they happen to be admitted to the ICU, but 82.5% wanted to diagnose if they had a terminal illness or cancer but did not agree on euthanasia. Qualitative analysis confirmed the findings and revealed that despite having adequate confidence about the hospital care, nurses would choose to die at home, surrounded by their loved once and engaging in religious activities. Euthanasia was believed to be inappropriate as it is religiously incorrect and as death is a natural process. Conclusion: The perception of death among nurses depends on their religious belief.


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