Title

Almost Normal: Experiences of Adolescents With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Department

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2009

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). This qualitative study explored the lived experiences of 14 adolescents with ICDs using face-to-face, semistructured interviews. Six themes were identified: life interrupted; still the same, except; sometimes it's tough; it cuts both ways; unique joule; and living life regular. These findings suggest that nurses could make a significant impact on the lives of adolescents with ICDs by focusing their efforts away from viewing the adolescent through an illness lens and more toward a normalization lens.

Journal

Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing

Journal ISSN

1539-0136

Volume

14

Issue

2

First Page

145

Last Page

151

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00186.x