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The image of the children's nurse: a study of the qualities required by families of children's nurses' uniform

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Campbell, SJ and O'Malley, C and Watson, D and Charlwood, J and Lowson, S, The image of the children's nurse: a study of the qualities required by families of children's nurses' uniform, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 9 pp. 71-82. ISSN 1365-2702 (2000) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2000 Blackwell Science Ltd

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Abstract

  • Traditional views of the nurse see 'her' in a nurse's uniform, whether she be a 'sex symbol', 'angel of mercy' or 'battle axe'. Children's nursing has, over recent years, moved away from the idea of the uniform into more child friendly clothes, though the traditional uniform is still presented to the public by the media.
  • The staff members of a Children's Outpatients Department (COPD) of a large acute hospital requested knowledge of the qualities families required from the uniform of nurses caring for them, prior to any change in uniform. This study aimed to develop an understanding of these qualities via the use of a survey presented to those attending the COPD.
  • The findings indicate that there is a complex relationship between the qualities that families wish the uniform to present. A balance is needed between presenting a professional authority figure, providing security for families and suggesting an approachable figure, to allow effective communication between staff and families.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Campbell, SJ (Professor Steven Campbell)
ID Code:87300
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-11-12
Last Modified:2013-12-05
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