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Enfermería: Cuidados Humanizados

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PALOMAR GALLARDO, María Cinta; ROMERO PALOMAR, María; PEREZ GARCIA, Esteban  y  ROMERO PALOMAR, María Isabel. Educate Nursing students for life and death: “from fear to love”. Enfermería (Montevideo) [online]. 2020, vol.9, n.1, pp.65-81.  Epub 01-Jun-2020. ISSN 1688-8375.

This research is based on phenomenological observation both as a nurse caring for patients at the end of life and as a nursing teacher of the subject "Coping with death: an interdisciplinary intervention". The considerable deficiencies in training nurses for care at the end of life, death and grief led me to propose a teaching intervention "Coping with death: an interdisciplinary intervention", the general aim of which was to evaluate the impact of this subject on nursing students. Methodology: this research is framed by the interpretive or hermeneutical paradigm, with a qualitative approach. From a phenomenological point of view, a descriptive study was proposed, and the reflective journals written by students enrolled on the course were used as the research tool. Results: of the 36 journals gathered at the end of the course, 14 were selected randomly. Qualitative analysis enabled the students' discourse to be structured in 5 categories for analysis: reason for choosing the subject; personal development; what I have achieved in the learning process; how to apply the techniques learnt on the course to my professional activity; the students’ assessment of the subject. Conclusions: The impact of the educational intervention was high, according to the students, who acknowledged the positive effect on two important dimensions of their lives. On the one hand, it enhanced their academic skills as future nursing professionals, and, they acquired skills and positive attitudes towards coping with death, and how to live and love life

Palabras clave : education; death; grief; Nursing; Gestalt Therapy.

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