Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine Kim

Second Advisor

Kay Kline

Third Advisor

Nathalie Ostroot


The purpose of this study was to examine which nurse caring behaviors in the critical care unit are perceived as most important and least important by patients with myocardial infarction. A sample of 44 subjects responded to an open-ended question and an assessment scale, the Caring Behaviors Assessment. Two comparison groups of 22 subjects each were formed from the sample to determine if number of previous admissions to the critical care unit made a difference in perceptions of most important and least important nurse caring behaviors.; Descriptive statistics along with t-test, chi-square, and two-way analysis of variance were used to analyze the data. Findings include (a) behaviors that meet human needs are very important; (b) behaviors that are humanistic, sensitive, and reassuring are also very important; (c) behaviors that meet human needs, facilitate expression of feelings, and show sensitivity and respect are more important to patients who have had previous admissions to the critical care unit


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