Exploring family-centered care among pediatric oncology nurses

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MacKay, Lyndsay Jerusha
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, c2009
Family-centered care (FCC) is important within the practice of pediatric oncology nurses. Such nurses face challenges and barriers when attempting to provide FCC. The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of pediatric oncology nurses in relation to FCC; identify how pediatric oncology nurses implemented FCC into their practice; identify what facilitated and enabled pediatric oncology nurses to implement FCC; and discern the barriers and challenges that were present in their setting when implementing FCC. A qualitative approach utilizing person-centered interviewing was used to collect data. Nurses (N=20) from the Alberta Children‟s Hospital were recruited through purposeful convenience sampling and were then interviewed. Five major themes were identified from the data set: ACH support f FCC, How participants defined FCC, Establishing FCC, Enhancing FCC, and Barriers and Challenges to providing FCC. Recommendations for future research and implications for practice and education are offered.
xii, 191 leaves ; 29 cm
Pediatric nursing -- Alberta -- Calgary , Family nursing -- Alberta -- Calgary , Tumors in children -- Alberta -- Calgary , Cancer -- Patients -- Family relationships -- Alberta -- Calgary , Cancer -- Patients -- Hospital care -- Alberta -- Calgary , Cancer -- Nursing -- Alberta -- Calgary , Alberta Children's Hospital , Dissertations, Academic