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dc.contributor.advisor Mamogobo, P. M. Kgosana, Androulla Isabella
dc.contributor.other Mothiba, T. M. 2022-09-23T13:07:35Z 2022-09-23T13:07:35Z 2017
dc.description Thesis (M. (Nursing)) -- University of Limpopo, 2022 en_US
dc.description.abstract Caring for terminally ill cancer patients is considered stressful and heartbreaking. Oncology nurses often consider leaving the nursing profession because of the high levels of stress experienced by these health care professionals. The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences and the practices of nurses who care for terminally ill cancer patients in the Pietersburg Provincial Hospital in the Capricorn District of the Limpopo Province. The objectives of this study were to explore and describe the experiences and practices of nurses who care for terminally ill cancer patients and further to describe the relationship between certain demographic variables and nurses’ experiences of death. An additional objective was to develop recommendations and strategies that might assist management of the Pietersburg Provincial Hospital with the development of appropriate skills and the implementation of emotional support that could assist nurses who care for dying cancer patients in the oncology wards. The study followed a phenomenological, descriptive, exploratory and contextual research design, which assisted the researcher to describe and explore the experience and practices of nurses caring for terminally ill cancer patients. Semi-structured interview method was used to collect data, making use of an interview guide, was used because it is a more free-flowing approach, with its structure being limited only by focusing on the research. Field notes were captured during the data collection session by the researcher. A voice recorder was used to capture all the interview sessions. The initial data analysis started with the researcher listening to the recordings and transcribing verbatim all statements made by the participants. Tesch’s open coding data analysis method was used by following the proposed eight steps to analyse qualitative data as outlined in Creswell (2013). Ethical standards as set in Babbie (2013) were adhered to by the researcher. The researcher requested permission to conduct the study from the Limpopo Department of Health Ethics Research Committee and informed consent was obtained from the participants before collecting data. Privacy of the participants was ensured as participants were never called by their names. In the study participants shared different views with respect to caring for dying cancer patients. Some participants regarded caring for cancer patients as stressful and heartbreaking. Other oncology nurses blamed the management for not providing them with courses to assist them with caring for dying cancer patient, nor providing debriefing sessions for them. On the other hand, some oncology nurses believed that relocating to other wards was a better solution. The participants suggested the following improvements for caring for dying cancer patients; oncology nurses should be offered short courses to assist them with the challenges that they come across with regard to caring for dying cancer patients. Oncology nurses need support from the management and colleagues in order to cope with the workload. Oncology nurses need psychological assistance to help them with the psychological stressors they experience. Family members and patients need health education on how to deal anticipatory grief. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship University of Limpopo en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 110 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Professional nurse en_US
dc.subject Caring en_US
dc.subject Terminally ill en_US
dc.subject Patients en_US
dc.subject Oncology nurses en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nurse and patient en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer -- Patients --South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer -- Patients -- Hospital care en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nursing ethics en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer -- Nursing en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Terminally ill en_US
dc.title Experiences and practises of professional nurses caring for terminally ill cancer patients in Pietersburg Provincial Hospital, Capricorn District of the Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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