PURPOSE: To test the Knowledge and openion of the critical care nurses about closed ICU model and how that may affect thier job satisfaction.
METHODS: Self adminstered survey to the critical care nurses working in an open ICU model.
RESULTS: The overall response rate was 82% (41 out of 50 nurses). 44% of the responders have less than 5 years of ICU experience,23% have beween 5 to 10 years,and 33% have 10 years or more. 35% reported job satisfaction that changes on daily bases in the open ICU. 13% disagreed that closed model improve outcome, and 28% were undecided, and could not tell whether their job satisfaction will improve. 16% of the responders disagreed with the semi-closed ICU model, and 42% remained undecided. 94% agreed that ICU patient should be managed by qualified doctors ( intensivists) although 28% could not define who is the intesivist. 10% thought intensivist management may disrupt the patient continuity of care, and 10% were undecided. There was no correlation between years of experience and opinion, knowledge or attitude toward this organizational change.
CONCLUSION: There is variability in critical care nurses knowledge about ICU organizational changes.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: More education is needed about ICU organizational changes and patient outcome.Nurses education about closed ICU and intensivist role is required before changing an open to closed ICU.
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