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Authors

  1. Shea, Jacqueline Marie RN, BScN, MScN
  2. Gagnon, Marilou RN, PhD

Abstract

Increasing numbers of patients living with obesity (PLWO) are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). The goal of this qualitative study was to examine the experiences of ICU nurses who work with PLWO using the Othering framework developed by Canales in 2010. The first theme describes how PLWO become "Others" in the ICU. The second theme focuses on exclusionary Othering and how it manifests itself in the way PLWO are cared for and viewed. The third theme sheds light on inclusionary Othering in the form of strategies that are used by nurses to engage with PLWO. The last theme takes a closer look at the ICU environment and how resources impact the experiences of nurses working with PLWO.