Assessment of Undergraduate Critical Care Nursing Students’ ‘ Knowledge and Attitudes toward Caring of Dying Patients In Colleges of Nursing at Baghdad University
Keywords:Assessment, Undergraduate Critical Care Nursing Students Knowledge, Attitudes, Dying Patients
Nurses have played various roles in the development of palliative care, offering leadership, support and
focus for the movement. Experiences of death on a clinical placement by nursing students were a major
cause of anxiety and sadness.
Objectives: To asses of students’ knowledge toward care of dying patient and to find out the relationship
between students’ knowledge and their demographical characteristic such as age, gender, post level of
Methodology: A descriptive study was conducted in the period of December 10th 2018 up to the end of 5th
May 2019. A non-probability (purposive) sample of (100) student at college of nursing from different post
educational levels, both sexes (males and females), were selected .The data collected was analyzed using
SPSS version 17.0.
Results: the majority of the study were male who accounted for (58%) of the total participants while female
constituted (42%). Most of the study participants (98%) were ages (21-30) years old. (90%) of the student
were secondary school graduate. Nanty three percent of the student were married and sixty nine percent
Conclusions: The undergraduate critical cares nursing students were adequately prepared to care for
terminally ill and dying patients as they had deficiency in some knowledge about palliative care but their
knowledge towards palliative care was good.
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