Nursing Students Caring for Mothers Who have Perinatal Loss - A Qualitative Study
Clarene Brown-King PhD RN*
*Corresponding Author: Clarene Brown-King, PhD, RN.
Received: May 03, 2023;
Published: May 30, 2023
Background: Caring for mothers with perinatal loss can be traumatic even for experienced nurses. Nursing students also share in the experience during their clinical rotations; for them, the emotional distress may affect their clinical performance and influence their decision in nursing. While many studies address professional nurses’ experiences, there is a paucity of research that address nursing students’ experiences during clinical rotations, as they learn to care for patients with perinatal loss.
Purpose: To afford baccalaureate nursing students the opportunity to describe their experiences, ideas, and emotions, while caring for mothers who have perinatal loss; obtain an in-depth understanding of the students’ experiences.
Method: Van Manen’s hermeneutic phenomenology approach was the underpinning in this study. A purposive sample of nine nursing students from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Florida, who met the inclusion criteria, participated in one-to-one semi-structured, audio-taped recorded interview.
Results: Major themes of supporting, distancing, learning, suffering; subthemes of relating and hoping emerged.
Conclusion: This study revealed coping strategies, challenges, and consequences that participants faced while they cared for mothers who have perinatal loss, which could have impacted the care they provided. Nevertheless, the students assigned meanings to the experience. Additionally, there is the need for a more active role from clinical faculty, to foster effective coping mechanisms among students, during their clinical rotation.
Keywords: Perinatal Loss; Baccalaureate Student Nurses
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