Activities of home-based heart failure nurse specialists: A modified narrative analysis

Patricia Davidson, Glenn Paull, David Rees, John Daly, Jill Cockburn

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Abstract

• BACKGROUND: Heart failure nurse specialists strive to optimize patients' outcomes in home-based settings. • OBJECTIVE: To document the activities of home-based heart failure nurse specialists. • METHOD: A modified narrative analysis of clinical notes of home-based heart failure nurse specialists during a 12-month period was used. • RESULTS: Data analysis revealed 7 key activities of home-based heart failure nurse specialists: (1) monitoring signs and symptoms and reinforcing patients' self-management: identifying trends and appropriate action; (2) organization, liaison, and consultation with other health professionals to deal with changes in clinical status; (3) clarifying and reinforcing patients' self-care strategies; (4) assisting patients in their desire to avoid institutionalized care; (5) identifying patients' psychosocial issues: dealing with social isolation; (6) providing support: journeying with patients and patients' families; and (7) helping patients and patients' families deal with death and dying. • CONCLUSIONS: A major proportion of the activities of home-based heart failure nurse specialists are related to facilitating communication between health professionals and providing information and support to patients and patients' families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-433
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Critical Care
Volume14
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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