Experiencing the end of life of a family member in the intensive care unit is clearly difficult. An important role of critical care nurses is to help family members through this challenging period. This article highlights a few clinically significant barriers and facilitators related to improving family experiences at the patient’s end of life that have received less attention in the literature thus far. Facilitators include specific aspects of communication, the nurse’s role as the coordinator of care, bereavement care, promoting a “good death,” and caring for health care providers. Barriers include medical uncertainty and differences in values and culture.
End-of-Life Issues| June 01 2019
Improving Family Intensive Care Unit Experiences at the End of Life: Barriers and Facilitators
Freda DeKeyser Ganz, PhD, RN
Freda DeKeyser Ganz is Department Chair, Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, Jerusalem, Israel.
Corresponding author: Freda DeKeyser Ganz, phd, rn, Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, Kiryat Hadassah, PO Box 12000, Jerusalem 91120, Israel (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2019) 39 (3): 52-58.
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Freda DeKeyser Ganz; Improving Family Intensive Care Unit Experiences at the End of Life: Barriers and Facilitators. Crit Care Nurse 1 June 2019; 39 (3): 52–58. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2019721
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