Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Horan

Second Advisor

Colleen A. Martin

Third Advisor

Alexander Nesterenko


Twenty-five spouses of patients admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) with diagnoses of Myocardial Infarction (MI), Rule Out MI, or Angina Pectoris were asked to Q sort 45 "need statements" to reflect their priority needs within the first 72 hours of admission to the CCU. Seventeen nurses caring for the 25 patients were instructed to sort the statements as they felt the spouses would do so. The data were submitted to factor analysis and three factors emerged; the Shared Factor, the Nurse Factor, and the Spouse Factor. The majority of nurses in this study were associated with a factor different than the majority of the patient's illness failed to predict which spouses were to be associated with which factor. Individualized assessment of the souse's needs is essential if nurses are to help the family during this stressful period.


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