Journal of Undergraduate Research


end-of-life, nursing education, EOL curricula, nursing students




The purpose of this qualitative study was to analyze the recommendations of nursing students nationwide who have experienced a patient death while in nursing school regarding end-of-life (EOL) curricula. Many nursing students are not adequately instructed on how to perceive and react to death. For registered nurses, dealing with death is an evitable part of their careers. Without adequate instruction, student nurses are less prepared to deal with such circumstances in their future practice. While many studies regarding the benefits of EOL training have been published, this study takes the next step in determining, on a national basis, what students recommend regarding EOL instruction. With adequate understanding of student concerns, educators are better able to provide quality instruction and support to student nurses regarding quality EOL care.

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