Critical care nurses' perceptions of obstacles, supports, and knowledge needed in providing quality end-of-life care
In response to critical care nurses' perceptions of increasing stress and conflict in difficult end-of-life (EOL) situations, the researchers conducted a study to identify perceived obstacles, supports, and knowledge needed to provide quality EOL care. The conclusions were as follows: (1) families and patients need clear, direct, and consistent information to make EOL decisions; (2) physician-related issues affect nurses' ability to provide quality EOL care; (3) critical care nurses need more knowledge, skill, and a sense of cultural competency to provide quality care; and (4) having properly completed advance directives can reduce confusion about the goals of care. Recommendations for improving EOL care were made as a result of the study. Copyright © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Crump, Saundra K.; Schaffer, Marjorie A.; and Schulte, Evie, "Critical care nurses' perceptions of obstacles, supports, and knowledge needed in providing quality end-of-life care" (2010). Nursing Faculty Publications. 56.