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Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica

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VENTURA, Greicy et al. Confrontation of nurses to death in the process of care in the emergency room. Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica [online]. 2019, n.37, pp.142-154. ISSN 1409-4568.


The work process of nurses in emergencies is a source of stress and brings to the surface the weaknesses of the professional in terms of feelings related to suffering and daily experience with death. This, as a consequence of the interaction and the necessary implication for assistance and decision making by the severity of the patient and the family. Therefore, this study aims to know the confrontation of the nurse in the care before the death process, in an emergency. Documentary research, conducted with eight nurses in an emergency at a private hospital in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, between May and June 2015. The data were analyzed in light of Bardin's content analysis and Travelbee's interpersonal relationship. Two categories emerged: The death experienced by nurses in an emergency, the Human and the technician in the confrontation of death in an emergency. It is concluded that the nurse in dealing with death in the middle of the restoration care of life is limited and needs emotional and rational protection for the care of that clientele in that specific environment.

Keywords : Death; Emergencies; Nurses; Nursing.

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