A comparison of nurses' perceptions of elective laparoscopic or elective open colorectal resections

Authors

  • Gillian Richardson BN,

    Corresponding author
    1. Registered Nurse, Ground Floor West, Concord Repatriation Hospital, Concord, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Ian Whiteley BN, GradCertSTN, GradCertNursEd, GradDip (Acute Care), MCN

    1. Clinical Nurse Consultant, Stomal Therapy Level 1 West, Concord Repatriation Hospital, Concord, New South Wales, Australia
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Gillian Richardson, Ground Floor West, Concord Repatriation Hospital, Hospital Road, Concord, NSW 2139, Australia. Email: gillydolan@hotmail.com

Abstract

Richardson G, Whiteley I. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 621–627

A comparison of nurses' perceptions of elective laparoscopic or elective open colorectal resections

The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument to measure the perceived benefits nurses observe in the recovery of patients who have undergone elective laparoscopic colorectal resections vs. traditional open elective colorectal resections. Secondly, to determine if there are perceived differences in the intensity of nursing required to care for these patients. A twenty-three-point questionnaire was developed and distributed to 23 colorectal nurses working in a single tertiary referral hospital. There was an 83.6% response rate. The findings demonstrate that the participants believe there are significantly better outcomes for the laparoscopic patients in the postoperative period. These benefits include more rapid resumption of independence, decreased pain and fewer complications. The nurses also perceived less time and effort was required when caring for these patients.

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