Sandra K Eggenberger

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand and interpret the 'family experience' with an adult member hospitalized with a critical illness. BACKGROUND Nursing practice in critical care settings has traditionally focused on individual patient needs with only tangential recognition of family needs. Investigation to describe(More)
AIM This paper is a description of the experience of conducting family interviews in a study to come to understand from families their experience of the hospitalization of a critically ill family member. BACKGROUND Traditional family research has been done quantitatively, with a focus on the needs of individual family members rather than the family as a(More)
Nursing care of families is essential to strong family support and maintenance of family health during a critical illness. Secondary data analysis of interviews conducted with 11 families with a family member in the intensive care unit revealed two essences: the family critical illness experience and the family vision for the kind of care families required(More)
Caring for families during an illness experience is increasingly recognized as a core of nursing practice. Yet research reports deficiencies in the current state of family nursing care. It is possible that these deficiencies are rooted in a lack of integrating family care throughout nursing education and a focus on the biomedical science paradigm. As a(More)
BACKGROUND As Alzheimer's disease progresses to its final stages of dementia and dysphagia, whereby patients can no longer swallow food and fluids, families suffer with difficult decisions regarding initiation of artificial hydration and nutrition. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Through the use of a hypothetical family scenario, this theoretical article presents the(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To explore how rural families understand and manage the chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) experience. DESIGN Qualitative, inductive approach using family interviews. SETTING Family homes in a rural community in the midwestern United States. PARTICIPANTS A convenience sample (7 families [21 people] who had a family member(More)
A statewide survey was carried out from 2005 through 2007 to quantify, map, and analyze the spatial dynamics and seasonal patterns of Bean pod mottle virus (BPMV) prevalence and incidence within Iowa. In all, 8 to 16 soybean fields were arbitrarily sampled from 96 counties in 2005 and all 99 counties in 2006 and 2007. Field- and county-scale BPMV prevalence(More)
Mexican-Americans represent the fastest-growing minority population group in the United States. Gaining a cultural perspective of health care in the Mexican-American population necessitates listening to the voices of women because they assume primary responsibility for maintaining family health. The Transcultural Assessment Model developed by Giger and(More)
The family experience of critical illness is filled with distress that may have a lasting impact on family coping and family health. A nurse can become a source of comfort that helps the family endure. Yet, nurses often report a lack of confidence in communicating with families and families report troubling relationships with nurses. In spite of strong(More)
Aggressive chemotherapy protocols result in neutropenia in approximately half of all patients receiving chemotherapy. Thus, neutropenia continues to be a significant and potentially life-threatening side effect of treatment, even with use of colony-stimulating factors. Families of patients with neutropenia often provide the primary healing environment(More)