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Delivering best care and maintaining emotional wellbeing in the intensive care unit: The perspective of experienced nurses

Siffleet, J., Williams, A.M., Rapley, P. and Slatyer, S. (2015) Delivering best care and maintaining emotional wellbeing in the intensive care unit: The perspective of experienced nurses. Applied Nursing Research, 28 (4). pp. 305-310.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2015.02.008
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Abstract

Aim
This study explored the perspective of experienced intensive care nurses regarding maintenance of their emotional wellbeing.

Background
Caring for critically ill patients has been identified as stressful. The demand for critical care nurses continues to grow in a climate of an ongoing nursing shortage and an aging workforce. This study sought to understand what environmental elements optimized the maintenance of emotional wellbeing.

Methods
Grounded theory.

Results
Fifteen experienced intensive care unit registered nurses from a metropolitan hospital in Western Australia, were interviewed. Five categories were identified: ‘achieving best care’, ‘caring for the patient's family’, ‘autonomy within the ICU environment’, ‘teamwork’, and ‘previous nursing and life experience’.

Conclusions
The findings from this study increase our understanding of the environmental elements that can optimize the emotional wellbeing of intensive care nurses. These findings will assist in the development of strategies to retain nurses in the ICU area.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Health Professions
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Copyright: © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28270
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