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J Korean Gerontol Nurs. 2014 Aug;16(2):118-129. Korean.
Published online Aug 31, 2014.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17079/jkgn.2014.16.2.118
© 2014 Korean Gerontological Nursing Society
Nurses' Experience of End-of Life Care for Older Adults
Soo Yeon Ahn,1Hee Kyung Kim,*2Eun Sook Kong,3Nam Cho Kim,4Chun Gill Kim,1Mi Soon Song,5Young Whee Lee,6Sung Ok Chang,7Myung Ok Cho,8and Kyung Sook Choi9
1Division of Nursing, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Kongju National University, Gongju, Korea.
3College of Nursing, Jesus University, Jeonju, Korea.
4College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
5College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
6Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
7College of Nursing, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
8Department of Nursing, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Korea.
9Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

*Corresponding author: Kim, Hee Kyung. Department of Nursing, College of Nursing & Health, Kongju National University, 56 Gongjudaehak-ro, Gongju 314-701, Korea. Tel: +82-41-850-0304, Fax: +82-41-850-0315, Email: hkkim@kongju.ac.kr
Received March 12, 2014; Revised April 21, 2014; Accepted May 19, 2014.

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This study was designed to provide qualitative data to explore the nurses' experience of caring for elders who are dying.


Data were collected from ten nurses who had experiences in nursing elders who were dying and receiving care in long term care facilities in Korea. Analysis of data was done by conventional content analysis.


In this study, 8 essential themes were extracted; 'beginning of dying with uncertainty', 'approaching death in daily life', 'effort for medical intervention', 'arranging the last meeting with significant others', 'becoming elder's family member inside who shared elder's life', 'rumination about the situation of elders' dying and accumulated experience, 'empirical understanding and coping with human death', 'results depends on nurses' role'


The results of the study suggest that nursing care manuals and prediction tools regarding end-of-life care for elders need to be developed and preparation of advance directives for elders in the long-term care settings should be required.

Keywords: Elder, End-of life, Nurses, Qualitative research.


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Nurses' Experience of End-of Life Care for Older Adults


This research was supported by Hallym University Research Fund, 2010(HRF-2010-039).

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