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Nurses’ attitudes about the importance of families in nursing care:a survey of Canadian critical care nurses working in adult ICUs

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dc.contributor.supervisor Edwards, Marie (Nursing) en_US
dc.contributor.author Alguire, Sandra Denise Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-05T18:16:09Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-05T18:16:09Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/22295
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to identify Canadian critical care nurses’ attitudes about the importance of families in nursing care in adult intensive care units (ICUs), explore their perceptions of family-centered care (FCC), and examine policies and practices in place that promote FCC in adult ICUs. A web-based survey was used with a sample of members (N = 207) of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. Using the Families Importance in Nursing Care: Nurses’ Attitudes (FINC-NA) instrument, it was found that age and years of ICU experience were positively related to more positive attitudes (n = 193), while direct care providers had lower scores than nurses in other roles. Nurses identified benefits for patients, families, and staff associated with FCC, but also outlined challenges in implementing FCC, including comfort of nurses and a lack of support from team members. Nurses’ responses to questions about FCC policies and practices illustrated concerns with the implementation of FCC in the units the nurses worked in. The results of this study have implications for practice, education, and research. en_US
dc.subject attitudes en_US
dc.subject critical en_US
dc.subject ICU en_US
dc.subject family en_US
dc.subject visitation en_US
dc.subject FCC en_US
dc.subject adult en_US
dc.subject nurse en_US
dc.subject perceptions en_US
dc.subject families en_US
dc.title Nurses’ attitudes about the importance of families in nursing care:a survey of Canadian critical care nurses working in adult ICUs en_US
dc.degree.discipline Nursing en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Plouffe, Jannell (Nursing) Olafson, Kendiss (Internal Medicine) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Nursing (M.N.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2014 en_US


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