Raeda AbuAlRub is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Spiritual and emotional support
Perceptions of patients and nurses towards nurse caring behaviors in coronary care units in Jordan
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 22, Issue 21-22, pages 3183–3191, November 2013
How to Cite
Omari, F. H., AbuAlRub, R. and Ayasreh, I. R. (2013), Perceptions of patients and nurses towards nurse caring behaviors in coronary care units in Jordan. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22: 3183–3191. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12458
- Issue published online: 14 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 14 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUL 2013
- caring behaviours;
- Caring Behavior Assessment scale;
- critical care unit;
Aims and objectives
To (1) identify the perceptions of Jordanian patients who suffer from coronary artery diseases towards nurse caring behaviours in critical care units; (2) identify the perceptions of Jordanian nurses who work in critical care units towards nurse caring behaviours; and (3) compare the perceptions of both patients and nurses towards nurse caring behaviours in critical care units.
Caring is an important concept in nursing, when nursing behaviours were perceived by patients as caring behaviours, and thus, their satisfaction with the quality of care can be improved. Therefore, it is important for nurses to be knowledgeable about the caring behaviours as perceived by patients who complained from coronary artery diseases themselves.
A descriptive comparative design was used.
A convenience sample of 150 patients who complained from coronary artery diseases and 60 critical care unit nurses completed the demographic form and the Caring Behavior Assessment scale.
Patients in critical care units perceived physical and technical behaviours as most important caring behaviours, whereas nurses in critical care units perceived teaching behaviours as most important caring behaviours.
There were significant differences between patient participants' and nurse participants' perceptions towards four subscales of Caring Behavior Assessment scale that should be considered when caring for patients with coronary artery diseases.
Relevance to clinical practice
Patients with coronary artery diseases need well-trained and clinically competent nurses to meet their needs. ‘Spiritual needs’ was an important nurse caring behaviour that should be emphasised in nursing practice.