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Caring for children with complex needs

Tendai Nzirawa Community neonatal sister on the neonatal unit, Queen’s Hospital, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Essex

Tendai Nzirawa discusses the involvement of the community neonatal sister in the discharge of an infant with chronic lung disease who was born prematurely

This article describes the role of the community neonatal nurse in the discharge of infants with chronic lung disease (CLD), or bronchopulmonary dysplasia. It also explores the use of a common assessment framework in the assessment of such children and development of a nursing care plan. The article includes a case study to illustrate the link between CLD and other diseases, and emphasises the importance of focusing on holistic care from admission, in the neonatal unit and at discharge.

Nursing Management. 22, 5,32-38. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.5.32.e1390


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 25 May 2015

Accepted: 29 July 2015