Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Meanings of the Feelings and Thoughts on Children’s Hematology and Oncology Service Nurses’ Experience: A Qualitative Study


Department of Midwifery, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Health Science, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Mental Health Nursing, Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Health Sciences, Sivas, Turkey


Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty, İstanbul, Turkey

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2020; 28: 258-267
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2020.19084
Read: 1726 Downloads: 992 Published: 26 October 2020

AIM: This study aimed to analyze the feelings and thoughts related to working in the pediatric hematology–oncology unit of the nurses who have worked in this unit in the past, related and the meanings they attribute to it.

METHOD: In this qualitative study, 15 nurses between the age of 29 and 53 years, who had previously worked in the pediatric hematology–oncology unit and left the unit, were interviewed in depth. The interviews were held using a semi-structured interview form. Each interview lasted for 35 to 45 minutes.

RESULTS: In the study, 5 main themes and sub-themes related to these were identified from the perspective of the nurses with working experience in the pediatric hematology–oncology unit in the past with regard to their feelings and thoughts about this experience. These included 1) feelings: (a) fear and anxiety, (b) desperation, mercy, and guilt, (c) exhaustion, and (d) longing; 2) coping; 3) professional attributions; 4) meanings related to life; and 5) unmet requirements and suggestions.

CONCLUSION: Working in the pediatric hematology–oncology unit should be considered as a multi-dimensional condition that causes nurses to experience a wide variety of feelings and affects their perspectives on the profession and life. These findings can be used to strengthen the nurses working in hematology–oncology unit.

Cite this article as: İnal, S., Kelleci, M., Yantiri, L., Erdim, L. (2020). Meanings of the feelings and thoughts on children’s hematology and oncology service nurses’ experience: A qualitative study. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 28(3), 258-267.

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