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The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing is the journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses.

The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing is the only peer-reviewed critical care nursing journal in Canada.

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The CJCCN invites submissions on the following critical nursing topics: Clinical, Education, Management, Research and Professional Issues. Original articles on any aspect of critical care nursing are welcome.

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Virtual reality as an adjunctive comfort measure in the intensive care and coronary care unit: A nurse-led quality improvement project

December 20, 2021

Katherine A. Kissel, MN, RN, CNCC(C), ACCN, Andrea Soo, PhD, and Kimberley Tateson Bennett, RN

Abstract

Background:  Pain, discomfort, and anxiety in critical care units are complex, multifaceted experiences. Nurse-led implementations of adjunctive comfort measures in critical care settings are essential components in the holistic management of these experiences. Virtual reality is gaining popularity as an adjunctive comfort measure across acute care settings to promote patient comfort, though there is limited evidence examining the utility of virtual reality in critical care.

Purpose: Firstly,

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Organ donation: A cross-Canada perspective of critical care nursing practice

December 20, 2021

Rosalie Starzomski PhD, RN, Anita E. Molzahn CM, PhD, FCAHS, Rosella McCarthy, MSN, RN, (Retired), Bernice Budz MSN, RN, CNCC(C), and Sandra Matheson MN, Med, RN (Retired)

Abstract

Aim: Our aim in this study was to describe the experiences of critical care nurses in the organ donation process in selected units across Canada. Interviews and focus groups were conducted to elicit perceptions of critical care nurses regarding their experiences with potential organ donors and their families.

Methods: Two adult critical care units (one with an active transplant program and one with no transplant program) in each of eight Canadian cities were studied.

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