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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Staff empowerment in intensive care: Nurses' and physicians' lived experiences
Author(s) Wåhlin, Ingrid ; Ek, Anna-Christina ; Idvall, Ewa
Date 2010
English abstract
AIM: The purpose of the study was to describe empowerment from the perspective of intensive care staff. What makes intensive care staff experience inner strength and power? BACKGROUND: Intensive care staff are repeatedly exposed to traumatic situations and demanding events, which could result in stress and burnout symptoms. A higher level of psychological empowerment at the workplace is associated with increased work satisfaction and mental health, fewer burnout symptoms and a decreased number of sick leave days. METHOD: Open-ended interviews were conducted with 12 intensive care unit (ICU) staff (four registered nurses, four enrolled nurses and four physicians) in southern Sweden. Data were analysed using a phenomenological method. FINDINGS: Intensive care staff were found to be empowered both by internal processes such as feelings of doing good, increased self-esteem/self-confidence and increased knowledge and skills, and by external processes such as nourishing meetings, well functioning teamwork and a good atmosphere. CONCLUSION: Findings show that not only personal knowledge and skills, but also a supporting atmosphere and a good teamwork, has to be focused and encouraged by supervisors in order to increase staff's experiences of empowerment. Staff also need a chance to feel that they do something good for patients, next of kin and other staff members.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iccn.2010.06.005 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
ISSN 0964-3397
Pages on-line
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10492 (link to this page)

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