Difficulties Faced By Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurses Who Provide Support to Children Who Undergo Long-Term Hospitalisation and Their Families.

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Authors: Maki Shirasaka, JAPAN

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, Shiga University of Medical Science, Faculty of Nursing

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9945702-1-5

Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.

The objective of this study was to elucidate details regarding the difficulties faced by neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses who provide support to children who undergo long-term hospitalization and their families. This study design was Qualitative Research Methods. They experienced “exhaustion due to providing nursing care to severely ill children over the long term” and “confusion over whether there was a sufficient amount of mutual understanding of the treatment and nursing strategies among the medical staff,” were “anxious about building a relationship with the family,” faced “issues with their own nursing practices,” and were “worried that the local community’s home support system was insufficient” In conclusion, our finding suggest that not only help to babies and their families but also nurses. As the number of children who require home healthcare increases, the improvement of community support systems is an important issue.

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