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Lecture Overview

Sue de Muelenaere reminds us of the importance of the holistic approach to patient care. Alarms beeping, strange equipment and lack of privacy - a hospital can evoke fear and anxiety in our patients. As nurses, it is critical that we provide care for a patient's psychological health.


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Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient.



3 Total Rating(s)

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Lynette Felix
18 Jul 2019

Excellent and very clear and meaningful presentation.

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Ze Liu
03 Jul 2019

Stress overload physical response:fight or flight. Defense mechanism: withdraw, avoidance, detachment Anxiey Alteration in self concept body image, self esteem, idenity disturbance, compromised dignity, lack of privacy spiritual: questioning the meaning of life, hopeless, loss of control, powerlessness Defense mechanism Regression, Denial, Anger, Depression Intervention communication, dignity, privacy, patient, family centered control, maintain control