Knowing the Occasion of a Peaceful Death in Intensive Care Units in Thailand
Locsin, Rozzano C
Schoenhofer, Savina O
Nursing & health sciences 2011 Mar; 13(1): 41-6
The purpose of this study was to describe how nurses know the occasion of a peaceful death. The data were generated from individual in-depth interviews with ten nurses who practised in adult intensive care units in the southern region of Thailand. Using a content analysis method, four processes of knowing the occasion of a peaceful death were isolated. They were visual knowing, technological knowing, intuitive knowing, and relational knowing.The clinical implications of these processes provide opportunities for nurses to practise the best end-of-life care during a critical time in a patient's life. This study also strengthens cross-cultural nursing during end-of-life care in high-technology settings, such as the intensive care unit.
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