Besey Ören, Uzun E, Türkışık S, Zengin N.
Nurse, student, intensive care
''5. Međunarodni kongres HDMSARIST-a'' i ''8. Međunarodni kongres WfCCN-a''
Šibenik, 12.-15. travnja 2012. godine
Introduction: Intensive care nursing is an area which requires specific training. If nursing students have specific information about the topic, they would make more accurate decisions regarding specialization in the area of intensive care nursing.
Aim: This prospective and descriptive study aimed to determine opinions of nursing students on intensive care nursing.
Method: The universe of the study consisted of sophomore and senior students studying nursing at three state universities in Istanbul and one in Trabzon. The sample consisted of 369 students who agreed to participate in the study. Written permissions were obtained from the relevant departments of all universities. A 26 item questionnaire developed by the researchers which included questions on demographic variables and intensive care was administered to the participants. Data was analyzed using the SPSS program. Statistical procedures included percentiles, minimum and maximum, standard deviation, and linear regression.
Results: The mean age of the participants was 21±2.94. Among the students, 58.5% reported that they have information on the functions of intensive care nurses and 46.3% stated that they want to work in the intensive care unit when they graduate. Information on intensive care was significantly related to enrolling in the nursing program willingly, nursing experience, attending a course on intensive care nursing, and wanting to work in the intensive care unit (p<0,01). In addition, wanting to work in the intensive care unit was significantly related to the importance given to intensive care nurses and wages (p<0,01).
Conclusion: It was concluded that students perceive intensive care nursing as a special branch and information on intensive care would be effective in choosing to specialize in this area. It can recommended that courses on intensive care nursing should be included in the curriculum and graduate programs on intensive care nursing should be available for advanced training in the area.