Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Jennifer Harris

Second Advisor

Barbara McClaskey

Third Advisor

Julie Allison


Although recommended by current evidence-based literature, family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) continues to be inconsistently implemented in healthcare facilities. This study aimed to assess and understand nurses’ knowledge, perceptions, and advocacy of family presence during resuscitation in the emergency department. For this cross-sectional descriptive study, an anonymous electronic survey was administered via email to all nurses employed in the emergency department at a local healthcare facility. Hard copies of the survey were also distributed in-person. Data collection occurred over a three week period. The data were coded and entered into a computer software statistics program for analysis. Descriptive statistics were obtained for the demographic and perceptual data. Pearson’s correlational coefficients were computed to assess relationships between the demographic, knowledge, perceptions, and advocacy of FPDR variable. The findings of this study revealed that most nurses understand FPDR, have positive perceptions surrounding FPDR, and have advocated or would advocate for the practice. However, there were barriers found to FPDR implementation. Resuscitations in the emergency department evolve quickly and require attention to multiple concurrent tasks. Understanding the perceived barriers to and benefits of implementing family presence during resuscitation in this setting is essential to ensure holistic nursing care is being provided during this critical time.

Included in

Nursing Commons