Experiences and expectations of nurses in caring for organ donors and their families

  • Edvaldo Leal de Moraes Universidade de São Paulo; Faculdade de Medicina; Hospital das Clínicas
  • Fabrício Ferreira Neves Universidade de São Paulo; Faculdade de Medicina; Hospital das Clínicas
  • Marcelo José dos Santos Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Orientação Profissional
  • Miriam Aparecida Barbosa Merighi Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Enfermagem Materno-Infantil e Psiquiátrica
  • Maria Cristina Komatsu Braga Massarollo Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Orientação Profissional

Abstract

Objective Understand the experiences and expectations of intensive care unit nurses in caring for organ donors and their families. Method Qualitative research, with a social phenomenological approach, conducted in 2013 with 20 nurses. Results The experiences of the nurses with the families of donors were represented by two categories: obstacles encountered and interventions performed in the care of the donors’ families. The expectations of these professionals in caring for organ donors and their families were described in the category: care to save lives. Conclusion The study showed that the day-to-day work of intensive care nurses in their care of organ donors and their families is permeated with obstacles that interfere in the donation process. In light of this, their goal is to provide intensive care to deceased donors and humanized care to the families, to help family members agree to organ donation and enable organs to be made available for transplants.

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Published
2015-12-01
How to Cite
Moraes, E., Neves, F., Santos, M., Merighi, M., & Massarollo, M. (2015). Experiences and expectations of nurses in caring for organ donors and their families . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 49(spe2), 129-135. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420150000800018
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