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Peggy L. Wros

In: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

Chapter 13: The Ethical Context of Nursing Care of Dying Patients in Critical Care

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The Ethical Context of Nursing Care of Dying Patients in Critical Care
The ethical context of nursing care of dying patients in critical care
Peggy L.Wros

Many patients die in critical care units, and nurses provide care to dying patients and their families in that setting. Given that the ICU has unique characteristics, including its goals, environment, and work structure, it would be premature to assume that nursing practice in caring for dying patients in critical care is the same as nursing care for dying patients in other settings. This phenomenological study was designed to describe nursing care of dying patients and their families in critical care. An understanding of the moral aspects of nursing practice evolved from the data, giving dimension and meaning to the bedside ...

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