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Long term nurse – parent relationships in paediatric palliative care: A narrative literature review

Brimble, Mandy ORCID:, Anstey, Sally ORCID: and Davies, Jane ORCID: 2019. Long term nurse – parent relationships in paediatric palliative care: A narrative literature review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 25 (11) 10.12968/ijpn.2019.25.11.542

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Background: Paediatric palliative care (PPC) is an active, total approach to the holistic care of the child and family. Close, long-lasting relationships between healthcare professionals and parents in paediatric palliative care enhance quality, provide emotional support and can influence how parents manage their role in the face of uncertainty. Aim: To present a narrative literature review of long-term relationships between children's nurses and parents in PPC settings. Methods: Six databases (CINAHL, PsycINFO, ASSIA, Scopus, Medline and BNI) were searched, identifying 35 articles. A grey literature search produced seven additional relevant items. Findings: Four themes were identified: bonds; attachments and trust; sharing the journey; going the extra mile; and boundaries and integrity. All themes revealed an element of tension between closeness and professionalism. Conclusion: Gaining a greater understanding of how closeness and professionalism are successfully managed by children's palliative care nurses could positively influence pre- and post-registration nurse education.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1357-6321
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 December 2019
Date of Acceptance: 23 July 2019
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2023 16:01

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