How Past Experiences Impact a Nurse's Decision About Family Presence During Resuscitation: A Phenomenological Study

How Past Experiences Impact a Nurse's Decision About Family Presence During Resuscitation: A Phenomenological Study

Author: 
Denise M. Gluck
Program of study: 
D.H.A.
Abstract: 
The purpose of the proposed qualitative phenomenological research study was to determine the lived experiences of emergency department nurses involved in family presence during resuscitation events. The phenomenological research study added to the current knowledge about family presence during resuscitation by examining an emergency department nurse’s past experiences with family presence during resuscitation and the impact they have on their decision to allow family presence in future events. The information can assist health care leaders in understanding the perceptions of emergency department nurses regarding family presence and assist in developing guidelines regarding family presence during resuscitation. The data collected also helped to identify factors which influence the nurse’s feelings about the practice and to overcome resistance to the practice.
Dedication: 
This project is dedicated to all of the people that supported my educational endeavors over the years and who stood by me through the difficult times. To Dana, for your unwavering support, love, and patience throughout my schooling. A special thank you to Mom and Dad for their continued support in making me the person I am today. For the rest of my amazing family and friends for your encouragement and support.
Acknowledgements: 
The dissertation journey has cemented for me my parent’s words as I was growing up, “You can be anything you want to be and you can do anything you want to do, if you put your mind to it”. They knew I could complete this journey before I did. To my mentor, Dr. Kathie Iaconetti, for your guidance and persistence in the pursuit of excellence. To my committee members, Dr. Marni Finkelstein and Dr. Pamela Springer, for their patience, encouragement, and recommendations towards making this project a success.