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MENIN, Gisele Elise  e  PETTENON, Marinez Koller. Terminally child life: perceptions and feelings of nurses. Rev. Bioét. [online]. 2015, vol.23, n.3, pp.608-614. ISSN 1983-8042.


To understand the perceptions and feelings of professional nurses towards death and the dying process of children.


qualitative and exploratory, based on thematic categories. The participants were seven nurses of the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of a general hospital in the Northwest region of the Rio Grande do Sul (One of the Brazilian States). Data were collected through open questions in the period from February to March 2013 and were submitted to analysis by rating, sorting and final data analysis.


There has been difficulty for nurses to accept, confront and assimilate the finiteness of child life. It was also observed that nurse care is fundamental in those moments of end-of-life.


The results show the lack of emotional preparedness of nurses and the lack of assistance, be it in the academic training or in continued education, as well as the lack of therapeutical support to deal with the situation in health care institutions.

Palavras-chave : Death; Child; Family; Nursing; The intensive care unit.

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