Nursing faculty perceptions toward near-death experiences and death bed visions were explored using an electronic survey that encompassed quantitative and qualitative methods. A total of 3,673 surveys were sent out across the United States, including the territory of Guam, and 571 nursing faculty participated in the study. The average participant was a 60-year-old female who had either a master's degree or a doctorate. Additionally, half of the participants had worked with near-death experience patients and indicated that they had a near-death experience. In regard to nursing education and leadership, nursing faculty strongly believed that students should be allowed to care for patients who have experienced near-death events as well as to conduct research in the area. Qualitative findings revealed similar themes in patients who experienced death bed visions and those who had near-death experiences. Numerous anecdotal accounts were described by the nursing faculty who participated in the study. Recommendations included incorporating content about near-death experiences and death bed visions into nursing curriculum and providing in-services to nurses through professional nursing organizations that focus on near-death phenomenon events.
|Advisor:||Presao, Raul, Walter, James|
|School:||Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Spirituality, Health education|
|Keywords:||Deathbed visions, Near death experiences, Nursing faculty|
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