Title

Long-term Palliative Care Workers: More Than a Story of Endurance

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

531

Comments

This article was originally published as: Webster, J., & Kristjanson, L. J. (2002). Long-term palliative care workers: more than a story of endurance. Journal of palliative medicine, 5(6), 865-875. Original article available here

Abstract

This study sought to explore the stories of long-term palliative care workers to generate an understanding of their experiences of working in palliative care for an extended period of time. Six health professionals participated in the study, each of whom were currently working in a palliative care service, and each of whom had been working continuously in palliative care services for a minimum of 5 years. Descriptions of their experiences provided insight into the reasons for choosing this work, the stages they went through along the way, and the factors that sustain and challenge them as they continue to work in the area. Five phases in the trajectory of working in palliative care were described: The Awakening, Making the Connection, Committing to the Philosophy, Reaping the Rewards, and Soldiering On. Results from this study may be helpful to educators and administrators who endeavour to develop and support this workforce. Furthermore, the descriptions provided in this study may provide direction for individuals working in palliative care who may be called on to reflect on their own work trajectory and their commitment to the field.

DOI

10.1089/10966210260499050

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1089/10966210260499050