Title

Nurses' roles with families: Perceptions of ICU nurses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Publication Title

Intensive and Critical Care Nursing

Volume

23

Issue

1

First Page

43

Last Page

50

DOI

10.1016/j.iccn.2006.07.003

Keywords

article, Attitude of Health Personnel, attitude to death, Canada, clinical competence, Critical Care, education, Family, female, health personnel attitude, human, human relation, Humans, intensive care, intensive care unit, Intensive Care Units, Interprofessional Relations, male, middle aged, nonparametric test, nurse attitude, Nurse's Role, nursing methodology research, Nursing roles, nursing staff, Nursing Staff, Hospital, Ontario, organization and management, peer group, Professional-Family Relations, prognosis, psychological aspect, public relations, questionnaire, Questionnaires, Role perceptions, self concept, Self Efficacy, social support, standard, Statistics, Nonparametric

Abstract

This descriptive survey examined: (a) differences between nurses' (N = 47) perceptions of self-performance and that of their colleagues with regard to their roles with family members of intensive care patients, and (b) the impact of nurses' comfort on their role enactment as it relates to family focused interventions. Participants rated their self-performance higher than that of their colleagues with respect to 15 of the19 items, suggesting that they think they perform better than their colleagues. The results also showed that nurses' comfort was positively correlated with their role enactment as it pertains to discussing patient prognosis (r = .496; p < .001), explaining patient's equipment (r = .43; p = .003), and discussing the possibility of death with family members (r = .43; p = .003). © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.