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They have their whole life in front of them
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. Karolinska Institute. (TVV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4091-3432
Karolinska University Hospital. (MENT)
Karolinska University Hospital. (MENT)
2019 (English)In: Acta Scientific Pediatrics, ISSN 2581-883X, Vol. 2, no 6, p. 28-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The objectives for the study was to describe challenges in caring for children in adult intensive care units as perceived by the intensive care nurse.

Research Methodology: A phenomenographic method was used since the aim of this study was to uncover nurses´ experiences of a phenomenon in their everyday clinical lifeworld. Setting, eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with intensive care nurses working in two different hospitals in Mid Sweden.

Result: The result revealed several qualitatively different internal challenges connected to caring for a critically ill child. Two qualitatively different main categories: Internal Challenges with subcategories Fear and Empowerment and External Challenges with subcategories Learning environment, Another way of working. and Environment.

Conclusion: Children’s vulnerable position in health care is clearly revealed in this study as it uncovers intensive care nurses face fear and uncertainty as a result of lack of adequate experience and knowledge when caring for children in the AICU.

Clinical Relevance: The external challenges perceived by AICU nurses when caring for critically ill children are closely linked to the internal challenges. And highlights the need of a systematic and well-designed in-service training and learning environment for nurses working in an AICU. A systematic and close collaboration with a PICU with possibilities to interchange should be a prerequisite when caring for children in the AICU. 

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2019. Vol. 2, no 6, p. 28-36
Keywords [en]
AICU; Challenges; Competence; Fear; Child; Phenomenography
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2832DiVA, id: diva2:1319255
Available from: 2019-05-30 Created: 2019-05-30 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved

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