Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Emily Droste-Bielak

Second Advisor

Kay Setter Kline

Third Advisor

Theresa Bacon-Baguley


The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify which nurse caring behaviors were perceived by patients hospitalized with cardiac problems as being most important in making them feel cared for. The study was a replication of Larson's (1984) study using a different patient population. A convenience sample of 37 patients was obtained from a large metropolitan hospital in the midwest. The conceptual framework used for this study was Watson's Theory of Human Care. The Caring Assessment Instrument was administered by the researcher. Subjects rated nurse caring behaviors from most important to least important using Q methodology. Patients reported "being accessible" and "monitoring and following through" as most important nurse caring behaviors. Least important nurse caring behaviors included "trusting relationships" and "explains and facilitates." These results resemble Larson's (1984) study.


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