Autori: Sibel Kiper

Ustanova zaposlenja: Bozok University Health School (TURKEY)

Ključne riječi: Intensive Care, Nursing, Empathic Tendency, Empathic Tendency Scale

Kongres/Simpozij: ”5. Međunarodni kongres HDMSARIST-a” i ”8. Međunarodni kongres WFCCN-a”

Mjesto i vrijeme održavanja: Šibenik, 12.-15. travnja 2012. godine

Aim: The aim of the research was to evaluate empathic tendency levels of the nurses who worked at the intensive care units in terms of some variables.
Tool and Method: 138 nurses who worked at the intensive care units and accepted to participate in the research were included in the research which was a descriptive research. The research was carried out using a Nurse Descriptive Form designed by the researchers after literature screening and Empathic Tendency Scale in order to evaluate the emphatic tendencies. Official written approvals of the institutions and nurses’ oral consents were obtained. Percentage distributions, student t test, Kruskall Wallis and One way ANOVA were used for data evaluation.
Findings: It was found out that 80.4 % of the participant nurses were females, mean age was 32.05 + 5.39, mean working time at the intensive care unit was 3.46 + 3.09, 38.4 % had graduate degree, 79.3 % were married and 86.2 % worked in shifts. Mean score of Emphatic Tendency Scale of the nurses was 72.77 + 8.48. Nurses at the cardiac intensive care unit had the highest emphatic tendency scores. A statistically significant difference was found between mean scores obtained from empathic tendency scale and nurses’ considering the profession appropriate for themselves, considering changing the profession, getting trainings about empathy and empathizing with the patients (p< 0.05).
Results: It was found out that nurses’ empathic tendency scores were good. It may be recommended that empathy and communication topics should be dealt with more in the on-job trainings because empathic approach is an effective factor for increasing the quality of nursing care.