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Intensive care: The significance of gender
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Jordan is a developing country which is taking measures to make the situation in the society more equal between males and females. Former research has showed that it, worldwide, sometimes is great differences between the genders in the health care. This thesis illuminates how it is to work in an intensive care unit and if there are differences between male and female intensive care nurses influencing on the provided care. Twenty intensive care nurses from four intensive care units at Jordan University Hospital were included in the study. Both field notes and an observation schedule were used to gather data. The field notes captured the overall experience of working in the intensive care area and were analyzed by thematic content analyze. The observation schedule concentrated on how long time was spent and which activities were performed bedside. Data from the schedule was compared between the units and between male and female intensive care nurses caring for male and female intensive care patients. The field notes showed that even if the units were busy and crowed the silence and calmness were present. Cooperation was essential and trust and knowledge were spread. Often a warm and comfortable feeling surrounded the personnel and they seemed to like it at work. The observation schedule showed that in the medical and surgical intensive care units the intensive care nurses spent more time and performed a greater number of bedside activities compared to the pediatric and main intensive care units. Female intensive care nurses who cared for male intensive care patients performed less bedside activities and when they cared for a female intensive care patient they spent less time bedside compared to the other groups. In all the units and all the groups the most frequent performed activity was to have a look at the equipment, followed by have a look at the patient. The results can however be questioned since it is a small study accomplished by a single researcher, in some few intensive care units at one hospital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Borås/School of Health Science , 2009.
Series
Magisteruppsats ; 2009:33
Keywords [en]
intensive care unit, nurse, sex, time, observation, minor field study, jordan
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19593Local ID: 2320/5508OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19593DiVA, id: diva2:1311527
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