n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - The uniqueness of care : nurses' stories of providing palliative care

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1682-5055


Palliative care involves caring for patients who face an illness that may shorten or profoundly limit their quality of life. Providing palliative care is complex as it must be reactive and individualised. The purpose of this article is to explore the experiences of nurses in providing palliative care to patients in a hospice. This qualitative research study used narrative theory to conduct unstructured individual interviews with three participants (hospice nurses) over a three-month-period. The study took place at two purposively selected hospice sites. Potential participants had to be trained in palliative care and pain management in cancer and have at least one years working experience in the area. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. There were three themes that emerged from the data, namely, 'this Morphine story', celebrating living and 'there are no rules'. Understanding the nurses' experiences of providing palliative care can facilitate insight into the uniqueness of palliative care. The narratives uncovered in this study may be used to guide nurses around providing comprehensive complicated and complex care for terminally ill patients.

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