Reflection on the assessment and care of a child with osteogenesis imperfecta
evidence and practice    

Reflection on the assessment and care of a child with osteogenesis imperfecta

Rachel McDowell Nursing student, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Alice McKendry Nursing student, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Gabrielle Smyth Lecturer in education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Pauline Cardwell Lecturer in education, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare genetic condition that causes bones to become brittle and fracture. This article draws on the reflective experiences of two second-year children’s nursing students on placement. It includes a case study that explores the assessment and care of a child with OI. Due to the lack of available evidence and understanding of nursing care for children with OI, the article also includes a personal reflection on clinical practice.

There has been extensive development in evidence-based practice in nursing, which includes reflective practice. Reflection is an important component of nursing training and plays a part in ensuring that nurses keep their knowledge and skills up to date and gain valuable transferable skills. This article presents a reflection on nursing a child with OI along with more specific information on OI.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1121

Citation

McDowell R, McKendry A, Smyth G et al (2018) Reflection on the assessment and care of a child with osteogenesis imperfecta. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1121

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

gaby.smyth@qub.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 30 October 2018

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