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Experiences of critical care nurses of death and dying in an intensive care unit :|ba phenomenological study

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dc.contributor.advisor Sibiya, Maureen Nokuthula Naidoo, Vasanthrie 2012-06-28T13:30:32Z 2013-09-01T22:20:13Z 2011
dc.identifier.other 418831
dc.description Dissertation submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree in Masters of Technology: Nursing, Durban University of Technology, 2011. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background Working in the intensive care unit can be traumatic for nursing personnel. Critical care nurses are faced with repeated exposure to death and dying as they are involved in caring for patients who are actively dying or who have been told that they have a terminal illness and are faced with the possibility of impending death. Critical care nurses relate in different ways to the phenomena of death and dying within their nursing profession and their scope of practice. These nurses often have a difficult time coping with the stress that comes with caring for those who are dying or relating to loved ones of those that are dying. Aim of the study The aim of the study was to explore the critical care nurse’s experiences of death and dying. Methodology A qualitative, descriptive phenomenological approach was used to guide the study. Four nurses were recruited and rich descriptions of their experiences were gained through individual face-to-face interviews. One broad question was asked: ‘What are your experiences regarding death and dying of your patients in ICU?’ iii Results The findings of this study revealed that issues such as communication, multicultural diversity, education and coping mechanisms relating to caring for the critically ill and dying patient are essential in nursing education and practice. Critical care nurses need to have support networks in place, not only to assist in providing care, but also for their own emotional support en_US
dc.format.extent 132 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Critical care en_US
dc.subject ICU en_US
dc.subject Dying en_US
dc.subject Terminall illness en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Intensive care nursing--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nurses--Job stress--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Terminal care--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Death en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Intensive care units--South Africa en_US
dc.title Experiences of critical care nurses of death and dying in an intensive care unit :|ba phenomenological study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-002668

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