Attitudes towards Death and Euthanasia among Nurses and Nursing students : In Convergence era

융복합 시대의 간호사와 간호대학생의 죽음과 안락사에 대한 태도

  • Lee, Yong-Mi (Department of Nursing, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Jung, Kye-A (Department of Nursing, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Son, Mi-Ae (Department of Nursing, Kangwon National University)
  • Received : 2015.03.23
  • Accepted : 2015.06.20
  • Published : 2015.06.28


The purpose of the study was to investigate the attitudes towards death and euthanasia of Nurses and Nursing students live in convergence era. The participants were 380 nurses and nursing students and data were collected from May until June of 2014. The data were collected by means of self reported questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive statistics t-test, one-way ANOVA and Scheffe test with the SPSS/WIN 18.0 program. The result showed that the fear of death of others with nursing students was higher than nurses (t=-3.34, p=.001) and nursing students supported euthanasia more than nurses(t=-3.06, p=.002). Among the death attitude, both of the nurses and the nursing students had the highest score 'fear of their own dying' and the lowest score 'fear of the dying of others'. Regarding attitude to euthanasia, both of them the most important factor was 'the right of the client'. These results suggest that death education program to deal with nursing services without ethical conflicts should be developed.


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