“Do Not Protect Us, Train Us.”—Swiss Healthcare Students’ Attitudes Toward Caring for Terminally Ill Patients

Maïko Juvet, Typhaine (School of Health Sciences HE-Arc Santé, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Bornet, Marc-Antoine (Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland) ; Desbiens, Jean-François (Faculty of Nursing, Laval University (ULaval), Québec, Canada) ; Tapp, Diane (Faculty of Nursing, Laval University (ULaval), Québec, Canada) ; Roos, Pauline (School of Health Sciences HE-Arc Santé, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)

Positive attitudes and a sense of competence toward end-of-life care are the key to adequately support terminally ill patients. This qualitative study aims to explore healthcare students’ attitudes toward caring for terminally ill patients. Eleven students from the University of Applied Health Sciences in Switzerland participated in focus groups. Attitudes were overall positive. Most participants felt that supporting dying patients was a way to achieve professional fulfillment. However, most students felt not competent in palliative care and lacking experience. They wanted to receive better training, more specifically in good practices and appropriate behaviors. Our study fills a knowledge gap regarding the opinions and pedagogical needs of healthcare students, and highlights the importance of experiencing end-of-life care during the educational process. We recommend early exposure to terminally ill patients and appropriate attitudes toward death and dying as part of the bachelor’s curriculum, accompanied by benevolent guidance from teachers and health professionals.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
Branch:
Soins infirmiers
School:
HE-Arc Santé
Institute:
Recherche appliquée et développement de la HE-ARC Santé
Subject(s):
Santé
Soins infirmiers
Date:
2021-04
Pagination:
22 p.
Published in:
OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying
Numeration (vol. no.):
To be published
DOI:
ISSN:
0030-2228
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