The Lived Experience of Registered Nurses Involved in the Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) Patient
Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 1995 Mar; 10(1): 28-37.
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the experience of five Registered Nurses involved in the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration in a persistent Vegetative State (PVS) patient. Three female and two male nurses who had been involved in the care of a PVS patient within the last ten years were interviewed. The phenomenological design was used because it provided richness and clarity to the issues raised. Three major findings were identified as positive significant experiences for these nurses: support through 'talking': coping through 'thinking'; and, decision making being kept 'in-house' (family and central care giving team).
Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Attitudes; Clinical Ethics; Communication; Counseling; Consent; Decision Making; Ethics; Family Members; Knowledge; Life; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurses; Nutrition; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; PVS; Quality of Life; Survey; Third Party Consent; Withholding Treatment;
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