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dc.contributor.advisorAud, Myra A., 1947-en_US
dc.contributor.authorLasiter, Rita Sue, 1954-en_US
dc.date2008 Fallen_US
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Fallen
dc.description"December 2008"en_US
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.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- nursing.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008.en_US
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.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b70510246en_US
dc.identifier.oclc423692403en_US
dc.identifier.otherLasiterR-120508-D11718en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/5583
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2008 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2008 Dissertations
dc.subject.meshIntensive Care Unitsen_US
dc.subject.meshSafetyen_US
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and Overen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Surveysen_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshNurse-Patient Relationsen_US
dc.titleOlder adults' perception of feeling safe in an intensive care uniten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US


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