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dc.contributor.advisorAud, Myra A., 1947-eng
dc.contributor.authorLasiter, Rita Sue, 1954-eng
dc.date2008 Falleng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Falleng
dc.description"December 2008"eng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- nursing.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractPeople whose lives have been threatened by critical health events have recounted situations in which feeling safe was central to their recovery. However, feeling safe during critical health events for adults age 65 and older has not been explored. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of feeling safe by developing a substantive grounded theory of feeling safe for older adults who unexpectedly suffered a critical health event and were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). Ten older adults who received care in an ICU were interviewed to explore their experiences of feeling safe in an ICU. Data analysis was carried out as interviews were conducted until all identified categories were developed. A substantive grounded theory of feeling safe was constructed using categories that emerged from the study data. Four main categories, (a) proximity, (b) oversight, (c) predictability, and (d) initiative, were identified as requisite to interaction with nurses. Participants' interaction and expectation of interaction with ICU nurses was essential to their perception of feeling safe in ICUs. Findings of this study are relevant to nursing care of patients in ICUs and structural design of ICUs. Practicing nurses can utilize the knowledge gained through this research to examine their own practice and make changes, if necessary, to promote the perception of feeling safe for older adults during an unexpected ICU admission. Further study is needed to explore other populations who are likely to experience an unexpected critical health event and receive care in an intensive care unit.eng
dc.identifier.merlin.b70510246eng
dc.identifier.oclc423692403eng
dc.identifier.otherLasiterR-120508-D11718eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/5583eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2008 Freely available dissertations (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2008 Dissertationseng
dc.subject.meshIntensive Care Unitseng
dc.subject.meshSafetyeng
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and Overeng
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Surveyseng
dc.subject.meshAgedeng
dc.subject.meshNurse-Patient Relationseng
dc.titleOlder adults' perception of feeling safe in an intensive care uniteng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineNursing (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh.D.eng


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