Date of Award

Fall 1981

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

A nursing tool was developed to obtain quantifiable data stressors as interpreted by the older child, eight to ten years of age. The tool was designed for use by a nurse researcher to elicit information in an indirect manner from the older child. The nursing tool begins with a vignette which introduces the older child to the intensive care unit setting. A review of the literature on the cognitive development, psychological development, and stressors in the intensive care unit, identified content areas which were included in the tool. The four areas of content related to the intensive care unit include: treatments and procedures, furnishings, persons in the intensive care unit, and events. The nursing tool requires approximately one hour to complete and includes guidelines for use.

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