Applied Research™: PDF OnlyNear Death Experiences Critical Care Nurses' Attitudes and InterventionsBucher, Linda RN, DNSc; Wimbush, Frances B. RN, PhD; Hardie, Thomas RN, EdD; Hayes, Evelyn R. RN, PhDAuthor Information Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc, is an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware, College of Nursing and, formerly, a part-time critical care staff nurse at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE. (302–831-8505) Frances B. Wimbush, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. Thomas Hardie, RN, EdD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, College of Nursing. Evelyn Hayes, RN, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Delaware, College of Nursing. Dr. Hayes has been involved in research related to the NDE since 1982. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: July 1997 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 194-201 Buy Abstract A patient is successfully resuscitated after a trauma or serious illness. It is increasingly common for such a patient to report having experienced a feeling of calm and peace, a feeling of being separated from the body, and/or a sense of moving through a dark tunnel ending at a bright light. Such experiences are known as near death experiences. What are critical care nurses to make of such accounts reported to them by their patients? This article explores critical care nurses' interests in, knowledge of, and attitudes towards the near death experience, and it identifies nursing interventions that critical care nurses can use during and after the patient experiences near death. © Williams & Wilkins 1997. All Rights Reserved.