Reported Stressors and Ways of Coping Utilized by Intensive Care Unit Nurses

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Registered nurses within the intensive care unit work within a fast-paced, highly technologic setting, caring for patients with complex needs. The purpose of this investigation was to identify stressors intensive care unit nurses perceived as most prevalent within their work setting, and the types of coping utilized by nurses in this setting. The research design was a descriptive method that utilized a survey among a convenience sample of nurses, employed within the intensive care unit setting at 7 acute care metropolitan hospitals. The quest is to foster effective coping mechanisms and reduce stress to increase staff retention, increasing job value, while increasing quality of patient care and safety.

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