Perceptions of Families with Respect to the Care of Critically Ill Surgical Patients Introduction When a surgical patient is critically ill, the experience impacts upon the wellbeing of family members just as much as it affects the patient ( Majasaari & Sarajarvi , 2005). Family perceptions of care related to critically ill surgical patients are often negative since nurses tend to focus on the needs of the patient while neglecting the family’s needs. The problem is that nurses’ perceptions of family needs are much different from the family’s perceptions of what care should actually be (Fox- Wasylyshyn & El- Masri , 2005). While several approaches are possible, the most effective approach by nurses and by the entire...The end:
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