Nurses’s Experiences On Caring For Critically Ill Patients In An Intensive Stroke Care Unit Prior To An Action Research Study
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Nurses who work at intensive stroke care units (ISCU) have unique roles. They face many challenges when dealing with complex medical and psychosocial problems of critical stroke patients. This study was a preliminary study prior to an action research which aimed at discovering the nurses experiences on caring for critical stroke patients and further to decide on thematic concerns as a basis for planning and action and to provide a better understanding of the initial setting and activities at the ISCU. Thirteen nurses who worked at the ISCU were recruited in this study. Data were collected by using individual in-depth interview and field notes. Content analysis was used to analyse collected data by using Weft QDA computer software. The findings revealed that nurses' experiences on caring for critical stroke patients and their families include on following issues: the nature of a nurse's work at the ISCU, the quality of nursing care in the ISCU, ways to improve the quality of nursing care, barriers to promoting better quality nursing care, and their expectations for improving the quality of nursing care. It is recommended that to provide nursing care for critical stroke patients, nurses need to equipped themselves not only with knowledge on caring science which include independent nursing interventions, but also other skills related to working with other health personnel and how to overcome the barriers and effort to improve quality of care.