Older adults' perception of feeling safe in an intensive care unit

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Older adults' perception of feeling safe in an intensive care unit

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dc.contributor.advisor Aud, Myra A., 1947- en_US
dc.contributor.author Lasiter, Rita Sue, 1954- en_US
dc.date 2008 Fall en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-23T16:34:30Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-23T16:34:30Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Fall en
dc.identifier.other LasiterR-120508-D11718 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5583
dc.description "December 2008" en_US
dc.description The 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. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- nursing. en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract People 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. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.mesh Intensive Care Units en_US
dc.subject.mesh Safety en_US
dc.subject.mesh Aged, 80 and Over en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Care Surveys en_US
dc.subject.mesh Aged en_US
dc.subject.mesh Nurse-Patient Relations en_US
dc.title Older adults' perception of feeling safe in an intensive care unit en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Nursing en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph.D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b70510246 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 423692403 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2008 Dissertations


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