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Transitions in death : the lived experience of critical care nurses

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dc.contributor.advisor Grant-Kalischuk, Ruth
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Nancy
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. School of Health Sciences
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-25T19:20:21Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-25T19:20:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/653
dc.description ix, 113 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Critical care nurses often face the ordeal of witnessing a patient's death in a tense and stressful environment. Anecdotal stories shared among nurses reveal that unusual experiences often occur at the time of or after a patient's death. This hermeneutic phenomenological study explored the meaning of these experiences for critical care nurses. Using Parse's research method, in-depth interviews were conducted with six critical care nurses who described their experiences at the time of a patient's death as well as during the post-death period. These experiences brought a sense of peace and comfort to each individual as well as reinforced their individual belief patterns about life after death. A distinctive sense of nursing knowing at the time of death was also identified. The findings of this study indicate that the experiences of the phenomenon of death by critical care nurses have a significant impact on each individual and that further research and understanding of this impact is needed. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, School of Health Sciences, 2008 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. School of Health Sciences) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Intensive care nursing -- Psychological aspects en
dc.subject Death -- Psychological aspects en
dc.subject Electronic dissertations en
dc.title Transitions in death : the lived experience of critical care nurses en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences en

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