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Establishing an action research group to explore family-focused nursing in the intensive care unit

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  • Fiona Coyer RN ENB100 PGCEA PhD,

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    1. Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
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  • Mary Courtney RN B Admin (Acc) MHP PhD,

    1. Professor, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove; and Visiting Consultant (Research), Royal Brisbane Health Service District, Herston, Queensland, Australia
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  • Judy O'Sullivan RN ICU Cert BN MHA

    1. Clinical Nurse Consultant, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia
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Fiona Coyer, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, Qld. 4059, Australia. Email: f.coyer@qut.edu.au

Abstract

This paper presents the first phase of a four-phase collaborative action research study which aimed to facilitate family-focused nursing in the intensive care environment. The purpose of phase one was to determine intensive care nurses' perceptions of family-focused critical care nursing and the appropriateness of family-focused nursing in the intensive care unit. A collaborative action research group was established with six registered nurses working in the intensive care unit of a metropolitan tertiary referral hospital. Data were collected through group discussions and analysed using open coding. Findings revealed two categories related to perceptions of family-focused intensive care nursing: partnership in care and maintaining a balance. The group unanimously agreed that family-focused nursing was appropriate in the intensive care environment. The three subsequent action research phases of this study are reported elsewhere.

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