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Navigating the Patient Room: Critical Care Nurses' Interaction with the Designed Physical Environment

Abstract The physical environment influences the physiology, psychology, and the societal interactions of those who experience it. The environment can also influence human behavior. Critical care nurses are in constant interaction with the physical environment surrounding their patients. High acuity ICU patients are vulnerable and at risk for harm, infection, and poor outcomes while the physical and cognitive workload of nurses presents a demanding and continuous challenge.

The goal of this qualitative study was to explore and understand the way critical care nurses navigate within the patient room and interact with its features. The study of critical care nurses interacting with the patient room environment was conducted in five critical care uni... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Hamilton, D. Kirk (Author) / Lamb, Gerri (Advisor) / Fleury, Julie (Committee member) / Gurses, Ayse (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Nursing / Architecture / Design / critical care / ICU / navigation / nursing / patient room
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 372 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Nursing and Healthcare Innovation 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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