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HERDIN Record #: 7024-19032116293579 Submitted: 22 March 2019 Modified: 22 March 2019

The lived experience of intensive care unit nurses on grief and coping following patients' death.

Melvin  R. De Castro

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     This phenomenological study aimed to investigate the lived experience of intensive care unit nurses on grief and coping strategies following patients' death at Perpetual Succour Hospital specifically in Medical Intensive Care Unit within 2010-2011. There were six informants of the said study who contributed on the findings that resulted into three reccuring themes as deduced from information gathered through rigid interview for about 30 minutes to one hour as tape recorded, daily journals written by the informants and research assistant who carefully noted the observations demonstrated by the informants during the actual interview as triangulation being attained. The Colaizzi's phenomenological approach was utilized in order to analyze the data gathered that resulted into meaningful themes as interpreted by both researcher and validators. The validators were both experts most especially in interpreting the qualitative data being transcribed in order to validate the own interpretation by the researcher with fair and just.

Based on the findings of the said study, the lived of experience of the intensive care unit nurses were--firstly, the meaningful engagement which was signified by communication openness and good relationship towards the patient and family affects the psychological and emotional aspects of the nurse in a given longer period of time in rendering holistic care. Secondly, the mixed emotions in grieving was also experienced as it was explained by informants' detachment that resulted to depression, frustration, ambivalent of sadness and happiness, fear and guilt even when best care had established. Lastly, the experience to achieve serenity denoted how nurses explore their capability to rummage around for calmness and tranquility despite of emotional turmoil.

Finally, the three theoretical dimensions of Paterson and Zderad's Humanistic Nursing, Bowlby and Ainsworth's Attachment Theory and Parse's Human Becoming Theory greatly supported the lived experience of the intensive care unit nurses as relationship being established it would result to meaningful engagement, mixed emotions in grieving resulted from detachment and struggle towards serenity should be achieved in order to promote self-preservation as coping strategies applied.

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Publication Date
March 2011
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
Cebu Normal University T D278 2011 Abstract Print Format
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