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Intensive care nurses' experiences of assessing and dealing with patients' psychological needs

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  • Ann M Price

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      *Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University College, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, UK
      E-mail:a.m.price@canterbury.ac.uk
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  • Author: AM Price, MSc, BSC (Hons), PGCE, ENB 100, RN, Senior Lecturer in Critical Care, Canterbury Christ Church University College, Canterbury, Kent, UK

*Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University College, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, UK
E-mail:a.m.price@canterbury.ac.uk

Summary

• Several authors have highlighted the short- and long-term psychological effects of an intensive care unit (ICU) stay

• Few authors have discussed the nurses' perceptions of psychological care

• In this research, 12 nurses, who currently work in ICU, were interviewed using a semi-structured technique

• Six categories were developed about issues in psychological care

• Implications for practice included the important role of the family, need for improved communication and improved staff awareness of issues

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