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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181f0c43c
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Critical Care Nurses' Perceptions of Obstacles, Supports, and Knowledge Needed in Providing Quality End-of-Life Care

Crump, Saundra K. PhD(c), MSN, RN, CHPN; Schaffer, Marjorie A. PhD, RN; Schulte, Evie BSN, RN, LAc

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Abstract

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.

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