The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Members

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152983
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Presentation
Title:
The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Members
Abstract:
The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Members
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2011
Author:Cypress, Brigitte, EdD, RN, CCRN
P.I. Institution Name:Lehman College City University of New York
Title:Assistant Professor
[2nd International Nursing Research Conference for the World Academy of Nursing Science - Presentation] Background: Family-centered care is important for people of all ages because of the role that a family plays in establishing and maintaining health. Meeting the needs of family members helps reduce anxiety, build family confidence in the healthcare system, and ultimately improves health outcomes. On an institutional level, understanding patients? and families' experiences can provide a foundation for improving nursing services. Purpose: The goal of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand and illuminate the meaning of the intensive care unit experiences of the patients, family members and nurses during critical illness in the intensive care unit and to document a research agenda to improve patients' outcomes and influence policy of family presence in the intensive care unit. 
Methods: Using Van Manen's phenomenological method, this study was able to elucidate the experiential descriptions, essential relationships, and meaning structures of the intensive care unit experiences of the fifteen participants during critical illness. Results:  Data analysis revealed five integrating common themes and three specific themes. The five common themes were: family as a unit, physical care and comfort, physiological care, psychosocial support, and transformation. The three specific themes were: advocacy, uncertainty, and confidence in the nurse and healthcare team. Conclusions and Recommendations: It is my belief that the nursing knowledge learned from this study, used cautiously, provides insight into how these experiences can influence nursing practice, education, and future research. This study affirms the mutual influence among the family, patient and nurse during a critical illness experience. The findings of this study support the tenets of family-centered care, which mandates the purposeful inclusion of the family in all aspects of care. The recommendations for nursing, administrative and institutional policy includes flexible and open visitation, family presence during emergency and invasive procedures, including family members in interdisciplinary rounds and discharge planning.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Membersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152983-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Members</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2011</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Cypress, Brigitte, EdD, RN, CCRN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Lehman College City University of New York</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">brigitte.cypress@lehman.cuny.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[2nd International Nursing Research Conference for the World Academy of Nursing Science - Presentation] Background: Family-centered care is important for people of all ages because of the role that a family plays in establishing and maintaining health. Meeting the needs of family members helps reduce anxiety, build family confidence in the healthcare system, and ultimately improves health outcomes. On an institutional level, understanding patients? and families' experiences can provide a foundation for improving nursing services. Purpose: The goal of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand and illuminate the meaning of the intensive care unit experiences of the patients, family members and nurses during critical illness in the intensive care unit and to document a research agenda to improve patients' outcomes and influence policy of family presence in the intensive care unit.&nbsp; <br/>Methods: Using Van Manen's phenomenological method, this study was able to elucidate the experiential descriptions, essential relationships, and meaning structures of the intensive care unit experiences of the fifteen participants during critical illness. Results:&nbsp; Data analysis revealed five integrating common themes and three specific themes. The five common themes were: family as a unit, physical care and comfort, physiological care, psychosocial support, and transformation. The three specific themes were: advocacy, uncertainty, and confidence in the nurse and healthcare team.&nbsp;Conclusions and Recommendations: It is my belief that the nursing knowledge learned from this study, used cautiously, provides insight into how these experiences can influence nursing practice, education, and future research. This study affirms the mutual influence among the family, patient and nurse during a critical illness experience. The findings of this study support the tenets of family-centered care, which mandates the purposeful inclusion of the family in all aspects of care. The recommendations for nursing, administrative and institutional policy includes flexible and open visitation, family presence during emergency and invasive procedures, including family members in interdisciplinary rounds and discharge planning.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:57:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:57:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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