Progress in sexual counseling by cardiac nurses, 1994 to 2009

Elaine E. Steinke, Victoria Mosack, Susan Ann Barnason, David W. Wright

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Abstract

Objective: To examine trends in the practice of sexual counseling by cardiac nurses. Methods: A non-experimental descriptive design was used to analyze survey data collected at 2 time points: 1994 (n = 171) and 2009 (n = 288). Results: Nurses in the 2009 sample reported more conservative values (P < .001) and greater sense of responsibility for providing sexual counseling (P < .0001) than those in the 1994 sample. Although sexual activities (cuddling, kissing, fondling, masturbation, oral sex) were discussed more frequently by nurses in the 1994 survey (P < .001), improvements in the specific discussion of myocardial infarction-related sexual activity and counseling were noted in the 2009 sample, including by patient age and gender (P < .0001). Conclusion: Comparison of the 2 data samples suggests an improving trend in provision of sexual counseling by cardiac nurses, which can be reinforced by including sexual counseling information and role-play opportunities in continuing education courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

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Counseling
Nurses
Sexual Behavior
Masturbation
Continuing Education
Myocardial Infarction
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Acute care nurses
  • Cardiac nurses
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Sexual counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Progress in sexual counseling by cardiac nurses, 1994 to 2009. / Steinke, Elaine E.; Mosack, Victoria; Barnason, Susan Ann; Wright, David W.

In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Vol. 40, No. 3, 01.05.2011.

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Steinke, Elaine E. ; Mosack, Victoria ; Barnason, Susan Ann ; Wright, David W. / Progress in sexual counseling by cardiac nurses, 1994 to 2009. In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 2011 ; Vol. 40, No. 3.
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