Nursing Students' Knowledge of Palliative Care at a University in Turkey


POLAT Ü. , KARATAŞ T.

RESEARCH AND THEORY FOR NURSING PRACTICE, vol.32, no.3, pp.276-295, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1891/1541-6577.32.3.276
  • Title of Journal : RESEARCH AND THEORY FOR NURSING PRACTICE
  • Page Numbers: pp.276-295

Abstract

Background and Purpose: Nursing students must acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to deliver high-quality services. Previous studies indicated that students' palliative care knowledge was insufficient. Few studies evaluating nursing students' palliative care opinions and skills are available in Turkey. This study aimed to determine student nurses' knowledge of palliative care. Methods: This descriptive survey study included 658 students. Researchers collected the data via a 19-item questionnaire. Frequency, percentage, and mean values were used in analysis of the data. Results: Only 5.3% of participants correctly answered all items, while 26.3% gave correct answers in line with palliative care theoretical framework, and 5.3% gave correct responses for symptom management. Students were found to be quite lacking in palliative care knowledge. Implications for Practice: A content increase in the curriculum could improve students' theoretical knowledge. In addition, students can he incorporated, as team members, into the palliative care process beginning at patient diagnosis.