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Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to identify which nursing behaviors were perceived by the patient who has undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) as the most important and least important indicators of caring. In this descriptive study, the Caring Behaviors Assessment (CBA) was administered to 25 CABG patients. This research was a partial replication of a previous study by Cronin and Harrison (1988).

Jean Watson's theory of human care (1985) served as the theoretical framework for this study. The CBA items, ordered in seven subscales, are congruent with Watson's (1985) carative factors.

In this study, the 63 CBA items were ranked from most to least important according to mean scores. Nursing behaviors perceived by the patients in this study as most indicative of caring centered around the monitoring of patient condition and the demonstration of professional competence through technical skill. There were no significant relationships between demographic data and any of the CBA items. These findings are consistent with the results of the Cronin and Harrison (1988) study.


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