Intensive care nurses’ experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 132–139, January 2001
How to Cite
Pearson, A., Robertson-Malt, S., Walsh, K. and Fitzgerald, M. (2001), Intensive care nurses’ experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10: 132–139. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00447.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
- brain dead patients;
- donor families;
- intensive care nurses;
- organ donation
• This study was designed to identify the feelings and experiences of critical care nurses who have been involved in nursing brain dead patients prior to organ donation.
• The purpose of the study was to generate knowledge which informs the discipline of nursing.
• A number of themes relating to nurses’ experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients were uncovered in this interpretative study.
• Overall, caring for patients who are diagnosed as brain dead is a challenging experience for nurses and they are intensely involved in a search for meaning in each event.
• The interpretative analysis in this study has revealed a range of meanings articulated by the nurses involved. However, the primary focus of care – as identified by the participating nurses – was the donor family.