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Student Research in Nursing

Critical Care Nurses’ Knowledge, Comfort, and Perceptions of End-of-Life (EOL) Care
You are invited to participate in an online survey that examines your perceptions, as a critical care nurse, on EOL* care.

*There is no exact definition for end-of-life care, but it usually refers to the care of a person during the final portion of their life when it has become clear that the person is in a progressive state of decline. Source: http://www.avert.org/palliative-care.htm

Purpose of the Survey
Very little statistical data exists in regards to critical care nurses’ perceptions on providing EOL care. Many of the studies consist of descriptive studies with small, face-to-face groups. It is the intent of this study to examine the perceptions of end-of-life care of a larger group of critical care nurses across multiple intensive care units (ICUs).

Confidentiality
Your responses to the survey questions will remain confidential. Neither the researcher nor your place of work will have access to your identity. Records will be stored securely through the website and only the researchers listed below will have access to the records.

Compensation
There will be no compensation for participation in this research.

Risks and benefits
There are no known physical, social, or medical risks associated with participation in this study. You may find that some questions may be personal and you may withdraw from the study at any time. The benefit of this research is the potential to improve patient care during end-of-life as well as the development of interventions to assist critical care nurses in providing end-of-life care.

Consent
You must currently work in a critical care setting (i.e. cardiovascular, surgical-trauma, medical-surgical, neurosurgical, emergency center, pediatric, neonatal).

I agree to provide basic information and answer questions about:

  • The types of EOL patients I have cared for
  • The current knowledge I have regarding EOL care
  • The current comfort level I have when providing EOL care
  • The current perceptions I have of EOL care

Research Team Members
Lindsay Kimbell, Carol Sapp, Jeanne Sewell, and Flor Culpa-Bondal – Georgia College & State University

If you have Questions about this Study
If you have any questions, you may contact Lindsay Kimbell, Principal Investigator, at lindsay.kimbell@bobcats.gcsu.edu or
478-951-4301.

Georgia College & State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) chair: Douglas Keith, Campus Box 067, Milledgeville, GA 31061, 478-445-2123

If you have any questions about your rights as a study participant, you may contact Dr. G. Bernard Meyer von Bremen, Chair, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Institutional Review Board at 478.633.1440.

Start the Survey
Your time and willingness to complete this online survey is appreciated. It may take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes of your time to complete.

Please submit your survey as soon as possible. If you are in agreement with the above, please click here to start the survey.

[If you desire to have a copy of this Informed Consent for your records, please print it from your computer]

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