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Type: Journal article
Title: Intensive care nurses' experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients
Author: Pearson, A.
Robertson-Malt, S.
Walsh, K.
Fitzgerald, G.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2001; 10(1):132-139
Publisher: Blackwell Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0962-1067
Statement of
Alan Pearson, Susie Robertson-Malt, Ken Walsh, Mary Fitzgerald
Abstract: • This study was designed to identify the feelings and experiences of critical care nurses who have been involved in nursing brain dead patients prior to organ donation. • The purpose of the study was to generate knowledge which informs the discipline of nursing. • A number of themes relating to nurses’ experiences of caring for brain dead organ donor patients were uncovered in this interpretative study. • Overall, caring for patients who are diagnosed as brain dead is a challenging experience for nurses and they are intensely involved in a search for meaning in each event. • The interpretative analysis in this study has revealed a range of meanings articulated by the nurses involved. However, the primary focus of care – as identified by the participating nurses – was the donor family.
Keywords: Humans
Brain Death
Critical Care
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude of Health Personnel
Nurse's Role
Professional-Family Relations
Nursing Methodology Research
Social Support
Needs Assessment
Tape Recording
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Tissue Donors
Job Description
New South Wales
South Australia
Surveys and Questionnaires
Description: The definitive version is available at
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00447.x
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