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Association between attitude towards death and spiritual care competence of Chinese oncology nurses: a cross-sectional study

Liujin Li, Jingmin Lv, Lingling Zhang, Yalan Song, Ying Zhou, Jiaxian Liu
Published: 29 September 2021

Abstract: Backgrounds An understanding of the oncology nurse spiritual care competence would help nurse managers recognize weakness in spiritual practice and improve the quality of spiritual care. But the relationship between attitude towards death and spiritual care competence is unknown. Methods We recruited 326 nurses from hospitals in Guangzhou, China. The nurses completed the Chinese Spiritual Care Competence Scale and the Chinese Death Attitude Profile-Revised questionnaires. Results The total score of spiritual care competence was 61.62 ± 16.10. And the lowest score of attitude towards death was for escape acceptance, 2.64 ± 0.82. Factors associated with nurse spiritual care competence were work department, whether trained in spiritual care, approaching acceptance, and escaping acceptance of attitude towards death. Conclusion Nurses need to perfect their spiritual care competence and establish positive attitudes towards death.
Keywords: Spiritual competence / Oncology / Nurses / Attitudes towards death

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