Emotional Nursing Labour in the Childcare at the End-of-Life and Their Family: A Systematic Review
Paula Diogo, José Vilelas, Luiza Rodrigues, Tânia Almeida

We intend to present a systematization of scientific evidence about the emotional labour of nurses in the process of childcare in the end-of-life and their family. It was performed a literature search in the databases CINAHL, Medline, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, from which we obtained nine studies for analysis and they gave response to the research questions: "How nurses perform the emotional labour inherent to nursing care provided to children in end-of-life and their family?" and "What are the nursing sensitive outcomes?". The findings highlights the focus of the emotional labour, simultaneously focused in the child and family, extolling the philosophy of family-centered care and also focused in the nurses themselves, because they are also affected by the emotional responses of clients and their need to manage these emotions in their care practice. The emotional labour is featured as part of the process of care, as key competence in caring, as a stressful experience and as regulation of their own emotions, and presents nursing sensitive outcomes. Caring for children at the end-of-life is one of the biggest emotional challenges for parents and nurses. Nurses play an emotional labour enrolled in the philosophy of holism and care relationship.

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