Archive \ Volume.8 2017 Issue 4

Challenges of Visiting Patients in Coronary Care Unit from The Perspective of Nurses: A Qualitative Study

Mina Rezaei , Marziyeh Asadizaker , Simin Jahani , Zohreh Shamohammadi

Introduction: Visiting patients in intensive care units is always a challenging issue for the medical staff, patients and visitors. For appropriate planning and decision about visiting program in an acceptable way and based on requirements of nurses, patients and their families, it is necessary to analyze the nurses’ perspective about visiting patients.

Objectives: This study aimed to explore the challenges of visiting program of patients’ admitted to CCU from the perspective of nurses. 

Methods: This study was conducted in 2016 with qualitative research approach and content analysis of Granihime and Lundman (2004) to analyze the data. Nine CCU nurses were selected in three focus groups based on a purposive sampling method and data were collected using semi-structured, and face-to-face interviews, with audio recordings. 

Results: Data analysis resulted in extraction of four themes, including: "Management and human resource empowerment", "effective education", "physical factors of intensive care unit", and "quality of visiting policy". 

Conclusion: These findings could help hospitals’ managers and planners to focus and plan to improve the quality of visiting programs of CCU.