The Psychological Stresses of Intensive Care Unit Nursing

  • Donald Hay
  • Donald Oken
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


Much has been written about the stressful psychological experience of being a patient in an Intensive Care (ICU) or other special care unit.1-5 Less well recognized, however, are the problems posed for those who work in an ICU that provides the complex nursing care required by critically ill, often dying, patients. Notable exceptions include the contributions of Vreeland and Ellis6 and of Gardam.7


Intensive CARE Unit Coronary Care Unit Comatose Patient Experienced Nurse Special Care Unit 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Hay
    • 1
  • Donald Oken
    • 2
  1. 1.Eastern Montana Regional Mental Health CenterMiles CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Upstate Medical CenterState University of New YorkSyracuseUSA

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