Background: Patient- and family-centered care is a best-practice approach to caring that is grounded in partnerships between healthcare staff, patients, and their families to improve care quality. Family caregivers play a vital role in that partnership, so healthcare staff must understand how to provide care for them that is consistent with the tenets patient- and family-centered care. Often, due to their knowledge and work experience, registered nurses become informal caregivers for their family members. Registered nurse family members are a unique subset of the caregiver population, so healthcare staff must understand these differences to provide a better quality of care for these vital members of the staff-patient-family partnership. Little research has been found in the literature on the registered nurse family caregiver phenomenon.
Purpose: To explore the lived experiences of registered nurse family caregivers during and adult family member’s episode of care in the southern United States.
Methods: A descriptive phenomenological approach was used. Demographics were collected, and semi-structured, one-on-one interviews were conducted face-to-face with 25 participants.
Results: Registered nurse family caregivers are unable to separate their registered nurse role from their family caregiver role. These roles are so intertwined that it often leads to blurred boundaries. Their nursing knowledge and experience leads them to try and provide relief for staff nurses while also caring for their loved ones. They encounter many expectations that can lead to increased anxiety. Their experience as a family caregiver has influenced their own practice as they now have a better understanding of what it is like to be on the other side of the bed. Their experiences with safety issues from the caregiver perspective could provide a unique insight into practical ways to improve patient safety.
Conclusions: Registered nurse family caregivers have unique characteristics, needs, and challenges that set them apart from layperson caregivers. Still, they can also provide a unique insight into patient safety that could lead the way to practical patient safety improvement initiatives.
|Commitee:||Brown, Lana M, Wright, Patricia, Mitchell, Anita, Ray, Trenda|
|School:||University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||DAI 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Caregiver, Lived experience, Patient safety, Ptient- and family-centered care, PFCC, Registered nurse family caregiver|
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