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Stories seldom told: Paediatric nurses' experiences of caring for children with special needs and their families in an acute care setting

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Ford, K and Turner, D, Stories seldom told: Paediatric nurses' experiences of caring for children with special needs and their families in an acute care setting, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 3, (3) pp. 288-295. ISSN 0309-2402 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.01678.x

Abstract

Aims of the study. This study explored paediatric nurses' experiences of caring for children with special needs and their families in an acute care setting. The aim of the study was to increase understanding of nurses' experiences of caring for these children and their families. The study was designed to reveal the caring practices embedded within these relationships through exploring nurses' stories. Study design/methods. Gadamerian hermeneutic phenomenology and feminist research principles were the approaches used to guide the study. Interviews were held with experienced paediatric nurses and interpretation of interview transcripts using a Gadamerian hermeneutic phenomenological approach resulted in the identification of four themes. Findings. The four themes revealed were: Special Relationships; Multiple Dimensions of Who is Expert; Development of Trust Between Nurses and Families; and Feelings of Frustration and Guilt. Conclusions. The study emphasized the context-specific nature of relationships between nurses and children and their families. The nurses spoke about the difficulties they encountered in their practice and some of the ways that they dealt with these problems. They discussed the things that they valued and those that made them feel guilty and frustrated. In doing so, they revealed their warmth, strength, humanity and caring.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nursing, children, families, relationships, caring, hermeneutic phenomenology, feminist research, special needs
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Research Field:Paediatrics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Ford, K (Dr Karen Ford)
ID Code:59178
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2009-11-20
Last Modified:2009-11-20
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