Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Committee Member

Carolyn E. Sabo

Number of Pages



This study investigated the relationships between the nurses' and patients' perception of stressors associated with coronary artery bypass surgery. The population of the study consisted of two groups: (1) patients recovering from coronary artery bypass surgery, and (2) registered nurses providing the care for the coronary artery bypass patient. The instrument utilized was the Cardiac Surgery Stressor Scale. The research data was analyzed by the following statistical techniques: (1) descriptive methods, (2) Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient, and (3) Student t-test. Nurses consistently rated the stressors higher than the patients. The results suggest that nurses need to develop a method of accurately assessing the patient's perception of the stressors related to coronary artery bypass surgery. Using the assessment and examination in the development of the plan of care rather than relying upon generalizations will facilitate more concise and accurate patient care. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).


Artery; Associated; Bypass; Coronary; Nurse; Patient; Perceptions; Stressors; Surgery

Controlled Subject

Nursing; Medical sciences--Study and teaching

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2.97 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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