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Knowledge and attitudes of critical care nurses regarding organ donation



Knowledge and attitudes of critical care nurses regarding organ donation



Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 8(2): 13-18



The purpose of this study was to describe the knowledge, attitudes, personal commitment, and professional involvement of Canadian critical care nurses in organ donation. This was part of a larger study of 4900 Canadian nurses and physicians. 50% of nurses receiving questionnaires responded. Of the 147 critical care nurses who responded to the survey, over 92% supported organ donation in principle. However, only 65.3% had completed organ donor cards. Nurses responded correctly to 71.2% of the questions testing knowledge. Attitudes regarding organ donation tended to be positive, but 85% of nurses indicated reluctance to approach potential organ donors. Critical care nurses scored higher than other groups of nurses on the knowledge, attitude, and professional involvement in organ donation subscales.

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