The problems and expectations of nurses working in critical care

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Demir H.

3 rd EfCCNa Congress & 27 th Aniarti Congress Influen Critical Care Nursing in Europe, Florence, Italy, 9 - 11 October 2008, pp.9

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Florence
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.9
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


The problems and expectations of nurses working in critical care




Critical care unit is the one in which special care is applied, thus high performance and team work is required. Those professionally managed, well-planned and having adequate physical equipment create comfortable working environment for the employees. A nurse of critical care is an indispensable member of the team with the role of patient care, education, management, research, and councelling. The quality of the service they provide is parallel with the standard of meeting their expectations.


 The study has been carried out to determine the expectations of the nurses working in critical care.




In the seminar held in İstanbul by the  Critical Care Nurses Society-Turkey, 130 nurses of critical care from various hospitals were asked to fill in a questionnaire consisting of 20 questions. The results were evaluated by percent. 




Of the ones participated in the study, 40.8% were between the ages of 26 and 30, 42.3% university graduates, and 66.9% had experience of about 1 to 5 years. 52.3% being willing, 86.2% worked in the units more than 8 hours a day. 77.9% had special training  for critical care, 60.0% had no job definition, 61.6 % were paid no extra money for working in critical care (units), 63.1% had no work insurance, and 64.5% suffered from head, back, joint and stomach problems. When asked about their expectations about their working environment, they gave varied answers. Of those, 91.5% stated the need for the written procedures to be improved in their units, 78.5% the need to be appreciated, 78.0% the need to be paid well, and 70.1% emphasized the need for taking note of the nursing staff per patient, 68.5% the need for the improvement of the physical conditions in the unit, and 67.0% for rearrangement of the working hours.


To deal with the problems and their expectations that the critical care nurses encounter, it is necessary to achieve quality patient care managing the policies and regulations of the institutions supported through the laws about nursing of that country.



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