Beliefs and attitudes of nurses regarding visitation in the pediatric intensive care unit

Debra Lynn Hoya, Florida International University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the beliefs and attitudes of nurses regarding the effects of visitation in pediatric intensive care units (PICU).^ Questionnaires were used to gather data from nurses (n = 48) in four study sites. Data were analyzed according to the Theory of Reasoned Action.^ A predominant theme among the beliefs was that visitation should be individualized. It was found that PICU nurses have more positive attitudes regarding traditional visitation as opposed to open visitation (p $<$.01). Significant relationships were found between nurses' years of education and attitudes toward traditional (p $<$.01) and open (p $<$.05) visitation.^ In light of the literature suggesting the positive effects of open visitation, it appears that PICU nurses' attitudes may present a barrier when implementing open policies. Since years of education shows a positive correlation with nurses' attitudes, educational intervention may be helpful in overcoming this obstacle. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Nursing

Recommended Citation

Debra Lynn Hoya, "Beliefs and attitudes of nurses regarding visitation in the pediatric intensive care unit" (January 1, 1999). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1395750.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1395750

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