Directing a ^|^ldquo;Good Death^|^rdquo;: The Role Nurses Take with Families of Dying Children
「よい看取り」の演出: ターミナル期の子どもをもつ家族へのナースの働きかけ

Shigeko Saiki-Craighill, Niwako Watarai, Chiyoko Kodama
2000 Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science  
Based mainly on grounded theory analysis of interviews with33 nurses, this study describes what kind of roles experienced pediatric nurses take with families who have children in the terminal stages of cancer. During the terminal stage, the nurses notonly work to take care of a family's anxieties and uncertainties, but at the same time try to lead the family toward accepting the fact that they are losing a child and encourage them to make their decisions carefully. When a child is very close to
more » ... dying, the nurses try to create a "good death" situation. They do this by making sure that all the appropriate people are at the scene, that the family members are able to have physical contact with the child, and that the setting is calm. The nurses evaluate their performance in terminal care situations on the basis of how well they were able to prepare the conditions for a "good death". They modify their concept of a "good death" based on this evaluation. In this way, they could be seen a taking the role of a stage director, molding the situation according to their concept of a "good death".
doi:10.5630/jans1981.20.3_69 fatcat:qghbjix4xvgulnywiflfblc6za