Effective communication in an intensive care setting: nurses' stories

Usher, Kim J, and Monkley, Denise (2001) Effective communication in an intensive care setting: nurses' stories. Contemporary Nurse, 10 (1-2). pp. 91-101.

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Effective communication has been long considered an important aspect of nurse-patient interactions. However, follow up of people who have been patients in intensive care units (ICUs) indicates that nurses' communication in this setting is at times unsatisfactory. Patients have described how they were left feeling frustrated and alienated by this failure in the communication process and unconscious patients report how they were aware of nurses' attempts at communication with them while unconscious. Because most of the research to date has focused on patients' perceptions of nurses' communication in an intensive care unit, this study sought to explore what nurses believed constituted effective communication in an intensive care setting. Therefore, a qualitative study was undertaken to explore nurses' perceptions of effective communication with patients in an intensive care setting. The stories of four intensive care nurses were utilised as the means of data collection. The analysed data revealed the following themes: nurses' perceptions, presencing and reassurance. The findings have relevance for nurses in many settings.

Item ID: 793
Item Type: Article (UNSPECIFIED)
ISSN: 1037-6178
Keywords: Effective communication, Intensive care, Stories, Narrative
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Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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