Author

Susan A. Ford

Publication Date

1997

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Oddi, Lorys

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

School of Nursing

LCSH

Anxiety||Nurse and patient||Patients--Psychology||Artificial respiration--Psychological aspects||Intubation--Psychological aspects

Abstract

The thesis describes the observable manifestations of anxiety exhibited by adult, intubated, mechanically ventilated patients. The diagnostic content validity model provided the framework for this study. Forty-four certified critical care nurses rated characteristics by completing an adapted version of the Anxiety II survey. In accordance with the diagnostic content validity model, weighted means were calculated for each of the defining characteristics. These mean scores classified the characteristics as major, minor, or not validated. The major characteristics included: restlessness; teeth and mouth activity; increased pulse; and fight behavior, aggressive. The minor characteristics included: increased respiration rate, insomnia, increased blood pressure, respiratory difficulties, synchronicity mismatch, confusion, facial tension, wide-eyed, extraneous movements, increased perspiration, increased alertness, cough, glancing about, increased reflexes, foigetfulness, arterial pulse oximeter change, dry mouth, and poor eye contact The not-validated characteristics included: fight behavior, withdrawal; flushed face; twitching; weakness; tremors; pupil dilation; superficial vasoconstriction; and diarrhea.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [46]-49)

Extent

vii, 92 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type

Text

Share

COinS