Using the synergy model of patient care in understanding the lived emergency department experiences of patients, family members and their nurses during critical illness: A phenomenological study

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations

Abstract

Despite many studies conducted aimed to understand and improve emergency care, research on the triad of nurses, patients, and family members looking at the lived emergency department experiences and their perspective of each from the other is notably absent. In a hermeneutic phenomenological study using van Manen's method, a sample of 10 patients, 5 family members, and 8 nurses of a nonprofit community hospital was recruited and interviewed in 2010 to 2011 to explore, understand, and describe their lived experiences during critical illness in the emergency department. The nurses perceived that addressing the patient's physiologic deficit promptly is vital in the emergency department as well as including family members as coparticipants in the care. Patients and family members perceived that communication, critical thinking, sensitivity, and caring are essential for emergency department nurses. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Synergy Model for Patient Care was applied in conceptualizing the findings and served as a framework in recommending practices and interventions geared toward improving competencies required in caring for critically ill patients and their families in the emergency department. The study supports recognizing the patient and family as active participants in the patient's medical care; encouraging family-member presence and creating institutional policies for patient- and family-centered care, as well as encouraging the development of ongoing programs that will recognize, enhance, and support the psychological and emotional well-being of emergency department nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-321
Number of pages12
JournalDimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care

Keywords

  • Emergency care
  • Lived experience
  • Phenomenology Qualitative
  • Research
  • van Manen

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Using the synergy model of patient care in understanding the lived emergency department experiences of patients, family members and their nurses during critical illness: A phenomenological study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this