Nursing care of the family before and after a death in the ICU - an exploratory pilot study

Bloomer, Melissa J., Morphet, Julia, O’Connor, Margaret, Lee, Susan and Griffiths, Debra 2013, Nursing care of the family before and after a death in the ICU - an exploratory pilot study, Australian critical care, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 23-28, doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2012.01.001.

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Title Nursing care of the family before and after a death in the ICU - an exploratory pilot study
Author(s) Bloomer, Melissa J.ORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa J.
Morphet, Julia
O’Connor, Margaret
Lee, Susan
Griffiths, Debra
Journal name Australian critical care
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 28
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 1036-7314
Keyword(s) death
intensive care
Summary This qualitative descriptive study was undertaken in two metropolitan ICUs utilising focus groups to describe the ways in which ICU nurses care for the families of dying patients during and after the death. Participants shared their perspectives on how they care for families, their concerns about care, and detailed the strategies they use to provide timely and person-centred family care. Participants identified that their ICU training was inadequate in equipping them to address the complex care needs of families leading up to and following patient deaths, and they relied on peer mentoring and role-modelling to improve their care. Organisational constraints, practices and pressures impacting on the nurse made ‘ideal’ family care difficult. They also identified that a lack of access to pastoral care and social work after hours contributed to their concerns about family care. Participants reported that they valued the time nurses spent with families, and the importance of ensuring families spent time with the patient, before and after death.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aucc.2012.01.001
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Elsevier
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