No second chance: the experiences of junior neonatal nurses in providing end-of-life care for babies and families in the NNU

Sharon Nurse

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Abstract

Background

An infant’s death is acutely stressful for parents and professionals. Little is known about junior nurses’ experiences providing end-of-life care in Neonatal Units (NNU).

Objectives

To better understand junior nurses’ experiences providing end-of-life care in NNU, the study explored the challenges and opportunities inherent in their practice relating to providing such care to babies and their families.

Methods

Neonatal nurses (n=12) with less than 3 years’ experience who were undergoing a neonatal education programme participated. Two focus groups were convened each with 6 nurses. The Ethics Committee at the relevant University approved the study. Nominal Group Technique (NGT) was used in the focus groups to build consensus around the challenges faced by junior nurses, alongside suggested developments in improving future care provision. Primary analysis involved successive rounds of ranking and decision making whilst secondary analysis involved thematic analysis.

Results

The study identified the pressures these nurses felt in having only one chance to ‘get it right’ for the infants and their families. They perceived the need for further ‘education and training’ highlighting that improved education provision would include both additional courses and internal training sessions. Greater ‘support’ from mentors themselves more experienced in this aspect of care within the NNU was identified as important in addressing issues around confidence building and skill development.

Conclusions

The results highlight junior nurses’ need for specific education and mentorship around end-of-life care for babies. This presentation will outline the implications for practice, education and further research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2016
EventCouncil of International Neonatal Nurses Conference - British Columbia , Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 14 Aug 201617 Aug 2016

Conference

ConferenceCouncil of International Neonatal Nurses Conference
Abbreviated titleCOINN 2016
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period14/08/201617/08/2016

Keywords

  • End-of-life care
  • junior nurses
  • experiences
  • NNU
  • families

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    Nurse, S. (2016). No second chance: the experiences of junior neonatal nurses in providing end-of-life care for babies and families in the NNU. Paper presented at Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference, Vancouver, Canada.