Nurses ' Work in Intensive Care Units : Feelings of Suffering O Trabalho Do Enfermeiro Em Unidade De Terapia Intensiva :

  • Martins J
  • Lucia M
  • Robazzi C
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the feelings of suffering that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses experience, and the strategies they use to face these feelings. It is a descriptive study using a qualitative approach and based on content analysis. The study used previous studies on Work Psychodynamics as complementary groundwork. Data collection occurred by means of semi-structured interviews, which were transcribed, categorized, and subcategorized. Results showed that suffering is related to: taking care of a young patient in critical condition, taking problems home, the patient's family, the team's work, and technology at work. As for the defense strategies used, emphasis is given to the search for strength in religion, promoting inter-relationships among team members, engaging in physical activity, and withdrawing from the patient. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Authors

  • Julia Trevisan Martins

  • Maria Lucia

  • Cruz Robazzi

  • E L Trabajo

  • D E L Enfermero

  • E N Una

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