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Nurses’ experiences of being present with a patient receiving a diagnosis of Cancer

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Dunnice, Una and Slevin, Eamonn (2000) Nurses’ experiences of being present with a patient receiving a diagnosis of Cancer. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32 (3). 611-618. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2000.01518.x/abstract

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2000.01518.x

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a study which describes the experiences of nurses who were present with a patient when they received a diagnosis of cancer, cancer recurrence or prognosis of terminal cancer. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six nurses who had experience of caring for patients with cancer in an acute surgical setting. Data were analysed using a phenomenological descriptive approach. Participants’ descriptions revealed the following seven core themes: ‘What if it was me?’; divergent feelings; being there; becoming closer; method of disclosure; time as an influence and learning by reflection. Possible implications for nursing practice and education are discussed and recommendations are made for future research.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:15688
Deposited By:Dr Eamonn Slevin
Deposited On:06 Oct 2010 12:24
Last Modified:12 Apr 2011 11:37

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