The experiences of nurse in providing psychosocial support to families of critically ill trauma patients in the intensive care unit
Purpose: The purpose of the research was to explore the experiences of ICU nurses in providing psychosocial support to families of critically ill trauma patients.
Research approach: Using an interpretive hermeneutic phenomenological approach, two semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant to explore their experiences of providing psychological support to families in ICU. The study was conducted in the surgical ICUs of 2 private hospitals and 1 public hospital in the Durban metro area.
Findings: There were four main themes which emerged from the data namely; cultural awareness, communication challenges, providing assistance and lack of training.
Conclusion: These findings provide implications for practice that, if applied, would improve the ICU experience for both the nursing staff and the families they support.
Petra Brysiewicz, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Busisiwe Rosemary Bhengu, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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Date published: 2010-11-24
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