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Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Marian Yoder

Second Advisor

Diane Stuenkel


End-of-life (EOL) seminar, nursing education


Recently, there has been a great deal of attention to the fact that there are few learning opportunities regarding end-of-life (EOL) care in nursing undergraduate education. One purpose of this research study was to provide an educational seminar for nursing students with information necessary to communicate with patients at the end of life and their families. The educational intervention consisted of an interdisciplinary panel discussion, a brief segment of a video, a case study with small group discussion, and an optional reflective activity. A quasi- ~; experimental, pretest and posttest design was used in a baccalaureate-nursing program in Northern California. A Wilcoxon analysis revealed that there was a statistically significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores measuring student comfort and confidence levels. This seminar was an effective and creative strategy to integrate EOL content without making extensive changes to an existing nursing program.

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