Providing end-of-life care in the intensive care unit : issues that impact on nurse professionalism

Bloomer, Melissa and O'Connor, Margaret 2012, Providing end-of-life care in the intensive care unit : issues that impact on nurse professionalism, Singapore nursing journal, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 25-30.

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Title Providing end-of-life care in the intensive care unit : issues that impact on nurse professionalism
Author(s) Bloomer, MelissaORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa
O'Connor, Margaret
Journal name Singapore nursing journal
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 25
End page 30
Total pages 6
Publisher Singapore Nurses Association
Place of publication Singapore
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0218-2475
Keyword(s) end-of-life care
family support
intensive care
nurses support
Summary With death a frequent event in intensive care units how, people die and the impact on family and staffs is becoming increasingly recognised as an issue requiring significant attention. Caring for a dying patient in these environments challenges the dominant ethos of seeking to cure critically ill patients. Family members require particular care as they keep vigil with their loved one and this forms a major area of work and concern for nurses. Mortality rates are higher in intensive care units than in most other settings and this impacts on staff. This paper builds on a qualitative exploratory study utilising focus groups that was undertaken to describe how nurses support family members during and after a death in the intensive care unit. This study identified issues that challenged the nurses' ability to maintain professionalism and the ways in which nurses ensured self-care. They highlighted organisational constraints, support for families and for their nursing colleagues as important issues for discussion.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
111709 Health Care Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920211 Palliative Care
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Singapore Nurses Association
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