Exploring Turkish Nurses’ Attitudes towards Death: A Prospective Study

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Koç A., Öztaş D., Aydın Avcı D., Akkuş Y., Uysal N., Sılay K.

JOJ Nurse Health Care, vol.4, no.5, pp.1-8, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Journal Name: JOJ Nurse Health Care
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-8
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The aim of this study was to examine Turkish nurses’ attitudes toward and experiences with death and caring for dying patients. Material and Method: A prospective and cross-sectional study was conducted at 3 state hospital located in different regions in Turkey. Result: Half of the nurses in our study were graduated. 60.2% of the nurses’ religious beliefs have a strong impact on their attitude towards death as a defining 54% reported being faithful. 85% of the institutions reported that an instruction regarding death. Questions about the meaning of death, extinction of 44% of nurses, 22% in the second life, a part of life, 14%, 20% responded to at your leisure, while taking care of individuals living in the moment of death’’ of 3% and 25% live in sorrow-sorrow ‘le one-quarter reported that they felt helpless. Conclusion: These experiences are valuable sources of knowledge on death and end-of-life care for Turkish nursing. Similarly, this will also enrich the lives of future nurses who will learn from the experience of caring for persons who had a peaceful death.