Objectives: This article introduces a new meaning-centered
psycho-educational group intervention, called Enhancing meaning in
palliative care nursing, designed to support nurses providing
palliative care. This intervention aims at increasing job satisfaction and
quality of life, as well as preventing burnout in this particular
Theoretical frameworks: Its format and content are founded on
the meaning-centered psychotherapy approach developed for terminally ill
cancer patients (Breitbart, 2001; Greenstein
& Breitbart, 2000). Frankl's
existential therapeutic approach, called logotherapy, serves as
the underlying theoretical framework to this intervention.
Development: Following the presentation of the context and
the development of the intervention, its content is described.
Conclusion: A brief description of the ongoing randomized
controlled trial testing the intervention is then provided. Finally, the
way in which this intervention could contribute to nurses' quality of
life and suggestions for future developments are briefly discussed.