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A transition from nurse to touch therapist--a study of preparation before giving tactile touch in an intensive care unit.
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PMID:  16542838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Tactile touch is a complementary therapy that is rarely undertaken in intensive care units (ICUs) in Sweden. This study was a part of a larger project that examines whether tactile touch can relieve the suffering of patients in the ICU. The aim of this study was to describe nurses' lived experience of preparation before giving tactile touch in an ICU. Four assistant nurses and one registered nurse, each with diplomas in tactile touch working at three different ICUs in Sweden, participated in the study. A phenomenological approach was chosen to achieve experience-based and person-centred descriptions. Data were collected through interviews and analysed following Giorgi's method. The main finding was that before providing tactile touch, the nurses needed to add the new role as touch therapists, to their professional one. The essential aspect being the transition from nurse to touch therapist. Findings included a general structure, with four constituents; a sense of inner balance, an unconditional respect for the patients' integrity, a relationship with the patient characterised by reciprocal trust, and a supportive environment. Furthermore, the study underlines the difficulties to integrate a complementary caring act, such as tactile touch, in a highly technological environment.
Maria Henricson; Anna-Lena Berglund; Sylvia Määttä; Kerstin Segesten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-03-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Intensive & critical care nursing : the official journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0964-3397     ISO Abbreviation:  Intensive Crit Care Nurs     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-31     Completed Date:  2006-10-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211274     Medline TA:  Intensive Crit Care Nurs     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  239-45     Citation Subset:  N    
University College of Borås, School of Health Science, Allegatan, SE-501 90 Borås, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Health Facility Environment / organization & administration
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Intensive Care* / organization & administration,  psychology
Intensive Care Units / organization & administration
Middle Aged
Nurse's Role / psychology*
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Methodology Research
Nursing Process
Nursing Staff, Hospital / education,  psychology*
Self Concept
Social Support
Therapeutic Touch / methods,  nursing*,  psychology

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