Title

Nurses in a battle station: the medical intensive care unit experience

Date of Completion

2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Critical Care Nursing

Abstract

This research study used the phenomenological approach of qualitative research. Seven (7) staff nurses of De La Salle University Medical Center Intensive Care Unit were chosen through purposive type of sampling technique regardless of their age, sex, civil status, years of service in the hospital and frequency of handling critically ill patients. The researchers conducted personal interviews in gathering information using a tape recorder. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Colaizzi’s phenomenological. Based on the results of this research, it is concluded that ICU nurses have different experiences in caring for patients in critical condition. They undergo a series of professional processes, requiring the use of different coping strategies. Several factors affect the level of care they render to their patients depending on their individual capacities and the conditions surrounding the unit in general.

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