M.Cur. (Intensive General Nursing)The intensive care unit, as experienced by the patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery, may have a positive or negative effect on the facilitation of health. This study is an attempt to identify the obstacles as experienced by the patients, in order to help the professional nurse to facilitate health. The objectives of this study: • • to explore and describe the experience of the coronary artery bypass patient in the intensive care unit, to be able to identify obstacles which may impair their health; and to set guidelines for improving the environment. in order to help facilitate health. The phenomenological method of interviewing was used. Interviews were conducted with seven participants. Conclusions were made after analysing the interviews, and theoretical justifications of tho conclusions were found in the literature. The results showed that the lack of guidance was the most important obstacle. and therefore guidelines for the professional nurse in the cardic-thoracic unit were proposed. The goal of these guidelines is to improve the health of the coronary artery bypass patient by improving the intensive care unit environment. Recommendations for practice, nursing education and further research were made
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