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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Length of stay in the critical care setting is a topic of concern for both patients and the health care system. However, the subject of psychological influences on recovery time after critical illness is a one that little to no research has been conducted. This extensive literature review aims to look specifically at the relationship between resilience and speed of recovery after critical illness and research that has been done on this subject matter. Within this review lies an extensive review of literature, in-depth definitions of resilience, factors affecting length of stay in the intensive care units, a theoretical framework with which to build upon, along with recommendations to advanced practice nurses for further research on this subject matter. It also includes a tool which measures resilience developed by Wagnild and Young.


v, 41 leaves ; 29 cm. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 38-41). Added Author: Pittsburg State University. Dept. of Nursing.


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