A Nursing Tool for the Identification of Intensive Care Unit Stressors Interpreted by Children Eight to Ten Years Old

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Master's Theses (1922-2009) Access restricted to Marquette Campus

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https://epublications.marquette.edu/theses/3302; https://epublications.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4305&context=theses
Heilberger, Susan J.
Critical Care Nursing; Nursing; Pediatric Nursing
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A nursing tool was developed to obtain quantifiable data stressors as interpreted by the older child, eight to ten years of age. The tool was designed for use by a nurse researcher to elicit information in an indirect manner from the older child. The nursing tool begins with a vignette which introduces the older child to the intensive care unit setting. A review of the literature on the cognitive development, psychological development, and stressors in the intensive care unit, identified content areas which were included in the tool. The four areas of content related to the intensive care unit include: treatments and procedures, furnishings, persons in the intensive care unit, and events. The nursing tool requires approximately one hour to complete and includes guidelines for use.