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Intensive care nurses' experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients

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Pearson, A and Robertson-Malt, S and Walsh, K and Fitzgerald, MA, Intensive care nurses' experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10, (1) pp. 132-139. ISSN 0962-1067 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00447.x

Abstract

  • This study was designed to identify the feelings and experiences of critical care nurses who have been involved in nursing brain dead patients prior to organ donation.
  • The purpose of the study was to generate knowledge which informs the discipline of nursing.
  • A number of themes relating to nurses' experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients were uncovered in this interpretative study.
  • Overall, caring for patients who are diagnosed as brain dead is a challenging experience for nurses and they are intensely involved in a search for meaning in each event.
  • The interpretative analysis in this study has revealed a range of meanings articulated by the nurses involved. However, the primary focus of care — as by the participating nurses — was the donor family.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:brain dead patients, donor families, intensive care nurses, organ donation
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64177
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-07-02
Last Modified:2014-10-13
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