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Are children as relatives our responsibility? How nurses perceive their role in caring for children as relatives of seriously ill patients
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Futurum Academy for Health and Care Region Jönköping County, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0156-6677
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8596-6020
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 25, 33-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to elucidate how nurses perceive their role in caring for children as relatives to a parent with a serious physical illness.

Method: A qualitative explorative design with focus group interviews was used. In total, 22 nurses working at one neurological, one haematological and two oncological wards were interviewed. The transcripts from the interviews were analysed in steps in accordance with inductive qualitative content analysis.

Results: This study revealed six variations in how nurses perceived their role in the encounter with child relatives, ranging from being convinced that it is not their responsibility to being aware of the children's situation and working systematically to support them.

Conclusion: Nurses should consider whether their patients have children who might be affected by their parent's illness. The nurses' self-confidence when meeting these children must be increased by education in order to strengthen their professional role. Furthermore, guidelines on how to encounter child relatives are required.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 25, 33-39 p.
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Children as relatives; Nursing; Parents; Qualitative research; Support
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-32061DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2016.09.005ISI: 000389172500005PubMedID: 27865250Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84988632759OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-32061DiVA: diva2:1040220
Available from: 2016-10-26 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2017-04-28Bibliographically approved

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