Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to evaluate the importance of personal reflection for nursing students in the learning process related to end of life care.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to examine evidence-based practice related to end-of-life care for children.
Objectives: All nursing students at both the undergraduate and graduate level are required to write a personal reflection paper about end-of-life care. This paper includes requirements for the students to integrate spirituality (their own and/or their patient’s), nursing theory, and their personal thoughts and fears.
Literature: Original researchers who have published articles about caring for dying children include Betty Davies, Judy Rashotte, and Danai Papadatou. Students choose a recent article on the topic of end-of-life or palliative care and write a reflection paper which includes personal reflection and at least 3 ways the information will be used by the student to improve his/her practice in the clinical setting.
Findings: This paper enables the student to process each stressful event in a safe environment and decrease potential feelings of hopelessness and fear which may impact their practice. It also validates for the students that these experiences have a lasting impact and are part of the art and science of nursing.
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