Accession Number:

ADA275333

Title:

The Mental Health Nurse Role in the Near-Death Experience

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

In the past, much attention has been paid to avoid labeling the person who has had a near-death experience NDE with a psychological condition. Numerous researchers of near-death studies have stressed that although the phenomenon is not believed to be a result of psychopathology, the repercussion of having an NDE can cause adjustment problems for the near-death experienced NDEr. NDErs have reported a sense of alienation from others and from their previously held concept of themselves. Accounts of distressing NDEs are more prevalent than previously believed and due to their traumatic nature may be even more difficult for the NDEr to work through. Mental health nurses are the ideal resource to assist with these clients and more attention needs to be directed toward assessing for a possible NDE. It is important for mental health nurses to become involved with NDE clients whether in or outside of a psychiatric setting. Helping clients adjust to life changes and their emotional impacts, self-concept issues, and working through traumatic experiences are all relevant to mental health nursing.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE