Intensive Care Nurses' Anxiety About COVID-19, Approaches to and Attitudes Toward Dying with Dignity Principles During the Pandemic

CAN ÖZDEMİR R., Isik M. T., Dogan H., Erden Erturk S.

OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/00302228221087505
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, AgeLine, ATLA Religion Database, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: death, end-of-life care, dignity, nurse, GOOD DEATH, PERCEPTIONS
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


While trying to protect themselves from COVID-19, intensive care nurses saved many patients by providing care during the pandemic. The aim of this study is to determine the anxiety levels of nurses working in intensive care units about COVID-19, attitudes toward and approaches to end-of-life care, and attitudes toward dying with dignity. This cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out with 144 nurses. The Attitudes and Behaviors of ICU Nurses Intended for End-of-Life Care Scale, Attitudes towards Principles about Dying with Dignity Scale and COVID-19 Anxiety Scale were used to collect data. The mean age of the nurses was 30.02 +/- 6.02. 63.80% of them were women and 62.20% of them worked in the internal intensive care unit. While the participants supported the principles of dying with dignity, their attitudes and approach to end-of-life care were at a good level, and COVID-19 anxiety was at a low level. Participants mostly adopted the protection of human dignity and privacy principles. Attitudes and approaches to end-of-life care and attitudes toward dying with dignity were not affected by COVID-19 anxiety.