Roles of nurses and parents caring for hospitalised children
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Roles of nurses and parents caring for hospitalised children

Ella Bedells Undergraduate student, Bournemouth University, Dorset
Ann Bevan Senior lecturer and programme lead, Bournemouth University, Dorset

Ella Bedells and Ann Bevan examine the importance of nurse-parent relationships and communication in the care of children in hospital

This article reviews the literature on nurses’ and parents’ self-perceived roles when caring for hospitalised children, focusing on research conducted since the Department of Health published the National Service Framework for Children: Standard for Hospital Services in 2003. Three main themes emerge from the review: nurses’ perceptions, parents’ perceptions, and negotiation. Clarification of what nurses and parents consider to be their respective roles when caring for hospitalised children is a prerequisite for negotiation of those roles. The family’s background, life experiences and circumstances influence the effectiveness of negotiation between nurses and parents. The article explores potential barriers to negotiation, including poor communication and failure to provide information. Limitations of the research and the implications for practice are considered.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 2, 24-28. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.2.24.s22


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 July 2015

Accepted: 09 October 2015

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