Sustaining hope as a moral competency in the context of aggressive care.OBJECTIVE: How can nurses preserve the hope of seriously ill patients without providing false hope?
FINDINGS: One overarching theme was identified: 'Mediating the tension between providing false hope and destroying hope within biomedicine.'
DISCUSSION: This competency represents a complex set of skills. Nurses must be able to imagine possible future hopes, be able to acknowledge death, and challenge those around them when the provision of aggressive care is a form of providing false hope.
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