Caring, Family members, Nurses, Trauma care, Trauma nurses



  1. Clukey, Lory PhD, PsyD, RN
  2. Hayes, Janice PhD, RN
  3. Merrill, Alison PhD, RN
  4. Curtis, Denise MSN, RN, FNP-BC


This qualitative study explored family members' perceptions of nurses' caring behaviors. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 family members of moderately to severely injured trauma patients cared for at a level II trauma center. The dominant behavior identified as being caring was explaining what was going on and interpreting medical jargon. Appearing hurried and abrupt was noted as behavior that was not caring. In a highly stressful situation such as trauma, the interpersonal relationship the nurse develops with the family influences the perception of the care received.