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Staff empowerment in intensive care: nurses' and physicians' lived experiences.
Kalmar County Council.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9679-8461
Linköping University.
2010 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 26, no 5, 262-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 26, no 5, 262-9 p.
Keyword [en]
empowerment, critical care, staff, experiences
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Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68191DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2010.06.005PubMedID: 20674363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68191DiVA: diva2:1147076
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